Special Issue "Biotechnology of Plant Secondary Metabolites"

Submission Deadline: 31 August 2022
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Guest Editors
Dr. Federico Antonio Gutiérrez-Miceli, Tecnológico Nacional de México / IT Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
Dr. Nancy Ruíz Lau, Tecnológico Nacional de México / IT Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
Dr. Maria Celina Lujan Hidalgo, Tecnológico Nacional de México / IT Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
Dr. Carlos Arias Castro, Instituto Tecnológico de Tlajomulco, Mexico


The Secondary metabolites produced by plants have acquired an important presence in the development of process for special usage in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and other industries. In recent years, the usage of plant secondary metabolites has increased, especially for degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer and a numerous of viral infections.


The objective of this special issue is to increase the knowledge of the biotechnology techniques that are being used to produce secondary metabolites in diverse plant species. In vitro systems such as callus and cell suspension cultures can be published as experimental systems for secondary metabolites production. The techniques for genetic modifications and stress biotic and abiotic can be used for the study of the increase production effect of secondary metabolites. The biotic stress such as microorganisms which have interaction either endogenous or exogenous are an important topic to have further research. Abiotic stress such as UV, laser radiation, drought, and heavy metals are also very important.

Secondary Metabolites; Plant Cell Culture; Callus Culture; Genetic Modification; Abiotic Stress; Biotic Stress

Published Papers
  • In vitro Germination and Micropropagation of Aconitum vilmorinianum: An Important Medicinal Plant in China
  • Abstract Aconitum vilmorinianum, a well-known traditional Chinese herb, is recently being threatened by overexploitation and environment disturbance. This study was conducted to provide propagation methods through in vitro germination and explant cultivation. Germination was stimulated up to 66.00% on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium containing 2.0 mg L−1 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP), 0.1 mg L−1 1-napthaleneacetic acid (NAA), and 30 g L−1 sucrose. Three bacteria (Pantoea agglomerans, Erwinia persicina, and Pseudomonas tolaasii) would be responsible for consistent contamination during germination. The latter two were effectively eradicated after disinfected. The influence of explant types and hormone combinations on direct and indirect organogenesis was evaluated… More
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