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[Plant-education] Why C. sativa makes cannabinoids

Janice Glime via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by jmglime from mtu.edu)
Mon Nov 4 13:25:48 EST 2013

   Hi Beverly and all,
     In Bryophytes, secondary metabolites are well known for their roles
   in antiherbivory and antibiotics, so I tried a Google Scholar search
   for plant defense cannabinoids.  For example, here is one that came
   Kutchan, T. M.  2001.  Ecological Arsenal and Developmental
   Dispatcher. The Paradigm of Secondary Metabolism.  Plant Physiology
   125: 58-60.
   In the past 25 years we have transcended the view of plant secondary
   metabolites as one of nature's meaningless waste products to one in
   which secondary metabolites play critical roles in plant development
   and defense. They are no longer only fortuitously formed chemicals
   that serve mankind as pharmaceuticals and pesticides. We now
   understand that secondary metabolites can provide a local or a
   systemic defense response to pathogen and herbivore attack. They have
   an integral role in plant growth, development, symbiosis, and
   reproduction. This list is certain to grow as we discover additional
   important functions for secondary metabolites in the years to come.
   Janice Glime
   On 11/4/2013 11:00 AM, Beverly J. Brown wrote:
Hi all, 

We are doing discussions of student topics and C.s. is the current one. Does an
yone know why the plant makes cannabinoids? secondary metabolite? Oddly enough,
 searches don't turn up much on this topic. 

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide, 


Beverly J. Brown, Ph.D., HTR 
Associate Professor 
Director, Horticultural Therapy Program 
McCarty Greenhouse and Dooley-Mittermeyer Garden Director 
Biology Department, Peckham Hall 104 
Nazareth College of Rochester 
4245 East Avenue 
Rochester, New York 14618 
585-389-2555 (phone) 
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  (Michigan Technological University)
Manager of Bryonet, Past President of IAB
219 Hubbell St.
Houghton, MI 49331 USA
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phone:  906-482-1610


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