Monoterpenes in Plants
a Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, b Department of Organic and Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, c Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
The article deals with the role of monoterpenes in the environment and their biosynthesis in plants. Monoterpenes play a significant role in plant defence and communication with the environment, especially with insect pests and pollinators. They are also considered bioactive compounds due to a great impact on human health. Monoterpenes show antimicrobial and antifungal properties and may also prevent cancer.
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