The Rise of Chemodiversity in Plants

@article{Weng2012TheRO,
  title={The Rise of Chemodiversity in Plants},
  author={Jing-Ke Weng and Ryan N. Philippe and Joseph P. Noel},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={336},
  pages={1667 - 1670}
}
Plants possess multifunctional and rapidly evolving specialized metabolic enzymes. Many metabolites do not appear to be immediately required for survival; nonetheless, many may contribute to maintaining population fitness in fluctuating and geographically dispersed environments. Others may serve no contemporary function but are produced inevitably as minor products by single enzymes with varying levels of catalytic promiscuity. The dominance of the terrestrial realm by plants likely mirrored… Expand
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