Evolution of secondary metabolites from an ecological and molecular phylogenetic perspective

Wink M Phytochemistry, 2003 ABSTRACT: Secondary metabolites, at least the major ones present in a plant, apparently function as defence (against herbivores, microbes, viruses or competing plants) and signal compounds (to attract pollinating or seed dispersing animals). They are thus important for the plant’s survival and reproductive fitness. Secondary metabolites therefore represent adaptive characters that… Read more »