New Gold in Them Thar Hills: Testing a Novel Supply Route for Plant-Derived Galanthamine

Fraser, MD, Davies, JRT and Chang, Xianmin (2016) New Gold in Them Thar Hills: Testing a Novel Supply Route for Plant-Derived Galanthamine. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 55 (4). pp. 1321-1325. ISSN 1875-8908

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Many secondary plant compounds are synthesized in response to stressed growing conditions. We tested the feasibility of exploiting this feature in a novel strategy for the commercial production of the plant alkaloid galanthamine. Experimental lines of Narcissus pseudonarcissus were established under marginal upland permanent pasture at four different sites. Over 80% of bulbs successfully established at each site. There was no effect of altitude or planting density on galanthamine concentrations within vegetative tissues, which were higher than anticipated. The results confirm that planting N. pseudonarcissus under grass competition in upland areas could offer a novel and sustainable source of plant-derived galanthamine.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Alkaloid, daffodil, galantamine, less favored areas, plant stress
Divisions: Agriculture, Food and Environment
Depositing User: Professor Xianmin Chang
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 14:12
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 14:53

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