958347 Genetic control of secondary metabolites in perennial crop plants

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Tyerman, Steve , Griesser, Michaela
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


­The lecture gives insights into primary and secondary metabolites in plants, with the focus on fruit crops (Pomology and Viticulture). Selected primary production processes important for fruit crops (like photosynthesis, sugar translocation, phytohormons) will be discussed at the beginning. The major part of the lecture will be on secondary metabolites, including their function within plants, the genes involved in biosynthesis and metabolism and their regulation. Different classes of secondary metabolites will be discussed in detail with selected examples of fruit crops. The influence of stress situations (biotic, abiotic, management) during the production process as well as their effects on fruit quality will be highlighted.
-Introduction and basic knowledge of genetic
-Photosynthesis and Primary Metabolites
-Introduction and Function of Secondary Metabolites
-Biosynthesis and Function of Terpenes
-Biosynthesis and Function of Cyanogenic Glycosides
-Biosynthesis and Function of Glucosinolates
-Biosynthesis and Function of Alkaloids
-Biosynthesis and Function of Polyphenols
-Engineering of metabolites and pharmaceuticals

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•Students gain knowledge about primary metabolism of fruit crops
•Students gain knowledge about the biosynthesis and function of the main groups of secondary metabolites in plants
•Students understand and can analyze the roles of secondary metabolites in plant defense
•Students understand the difference between induced resistance and systemic acquired resistance and the plant signals involved
•Students can analyze the effects of biotic and abiotic stresses on selected topics of the secondary metabolism
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.