Anti fungal chemicals in pitcher plants 2010. pdf

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Tropical exotic carnivorous pitcher fower, Nepenthes sp., waits For any small insect to close and eat it. (Credit: iStockphoto/Eugene Bochkarev) Web address: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/ 100218150652.htm From Carnivorous Plants to the Medicine Cabinet? Anti-Fungal Agents in Pitcher Plants Investigated ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2010) — In the tropics, carnivorous plants trap unsuspecting prey in a cavity flled with liquid known as a "pitcher." The moment insects like Fies, ants and beetles ±all into a pitcher, the plant's enzymes are activated and begin dissolving their new meal, obtaining nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen which are di±fcult to extract ±rom certain soils. Carnivorous plants also possess a highly developed set o± compounds and secondary metabolites to aid in their survival. These compounds could serve as a new class o± anti-±ungal drugs ±or use in human medicine, says Pro±. Aviah Zilberstein o± Tel Aviv University's Department o± Plant Sciences. In a study conducted together with Dr. Haviva Eilenberg ±rom her lab, Pro±. Esther Segal ±rom the Sackler ²aculty o± Medicine and Pro±. Shmuel Carmeli ±rom the
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