Plant metabolites that color the plant are a good example of this as the coloring of a plant can attract pollinators and also defend against attack by animals types of secondary metabolites in plants there is no fixed commonly agreed upon system for classifying secondary metabolites. Others are used in the industry e g rubber tannins and cellulose this book treats the organization and significance of biosynthesis storage transformation and degradation of the most important groups of secondary pro ducts in microorgimisms plants arid animals. Secondary metabolites clearly provide most of the therapeutic activity of medicinal plants and fungi yarnell 2003 concurrent evolution of animals plants and fungi helps explain why this is so animals that are able to make use of plant secondary metabolites would be better suited to survive and spread the genes that allow for the benefits . Plant secondary metabolites which include a wide variety of phytochemicals have always been constituents of the diets of man and other animals although a high proportion of these phytochemicals have been considered to be of little value in plants although this view is changing they have frequently been shown to have adverse effects on . Secondary metabolites also differ from primary metab olites in having a restricted distribution within the plant kingdom that is certain secondary metabolites are only found in one plant species or related group of species whereas primary metabolites are found throughout the plant kingdom secondary metabolites defend plants
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