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Plant secondary metabolites

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Method of evaluation
semi-final examination
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
veterinary (English)
Allow for
  • Vet EN

Course description

Aim of thesubject:

The plants synthesize a large number of special molecules (the so-called secondary metabolites), with wide biological activity. The aim of this elective course is to review, summarize and present the plants that produce these molecules, the resulting substances, the expected biological effects on animals (humans). The information content of the subject is linked to many other subjects (e.g. animal nutrition, toxicology, etc.) and obviously complements the veterinary botany.

Responsibleteacher (e-mail):

Dr. Vetter János (

Lectures theme

1. Introduction, definition of secondary metabolism and secondary metabolites. Main groups of metabolites; methods of this scientific discipline
2. Saccharides 1 (origin, sugars, sugar alcohols; sugar nucleotides, uronic acids)
3. Saccharides 2 (cyanogenic glycosides)
4. Saccharides 3 (mustard oil glycosides)
5. Phenolics 1 (synthesis: the shikimic acid pathway)
6. Phenolics 2 (discussion of different phenolic derivatives,)
7. Phenolics 3 (Flavonoids, isoflavonoids).
8. Polyketids (Biosynthesis, important examples, biological roles)
9. Terpenoids 1 (Biosynthesis, hemi-, mono and sesquiterpenes)
10. Terpenoids 2 (di-, tri, tetra and polyterpenes)
11. Azotoids 1 (Definition, amines, amides. Definition of alkaloids)
12. Azotoids 2 (Lysine, Ornithine, Tyrosine families)
13. Azotoids 3 (Tryptophan, Purin alkaloids, Amaryllidaceae alkaloids)
14. Summary and consultation


Evaluation description

Written exam.

Exam information

Written exam.