New research examines the origin of xanthones in plant roots

Last updated: 15 Dec, 2017

New research shows how antimicrobial compounds are formed in plants, and where to find them.


Xanthones are specialised compounds with antimicrobial properties. Derivatives of xanthones have attracted attention for medicine design. A new study in New Phytologist reveals where and how xanthones are formed.


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Read the paper: Tocci, N., Gaid, M., Kaftan, F., Belkheir, A. K., Belhadj, I., Liu, B., Svatoš, A., Hänsch, R., Pasqua, G. and Beerhues, L. (2017) Exodermis and endodermis are the sites of xanthone biosynthesis in Hypericum perforatum rootsNew Phytologist. doi: 10.1111/nph.14929




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