Glucosinolates and their hydrolytic products have a wide range of effects that are of biological and economic importance. In particular, these compounds have been shown to mediate interactions between plants and pests, and to reduce the feeding quality of rapeseed meal. Significant progress has now been made in understanding the biochemistry and genetics of glucosinolate biosynthesis, and the first Arabidopsis genes involved should soon be isolated. Hence, modifying the level of glucosinolates in Brassica crops, both to study interactions with pests and to improve flavour and nutritional qualities, should soon be a realistic possibility.
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- Plant Science