Secondary metabolism

Secondary metabolism

Streptomycin, an important antibiotic drug produced by Streptomyces bacteria

Secondary metabolism (also called specialized metabolism) is a term for pathways and antibiotics and pigments. To distinguish non-secondary ("ordinary") metabolism, the term basic metabolism is sometimes used. Secondary metabolites are produced by many microbes, plants, fungi and animals.

Important secondary metabolites

See also


External links

  • Secondary metabolism in plants