Elicitation: An Efficient Strategy for Enriched Production of Plant Secondary Metabolites

Muthiah Joe Virgin Largia, Jeyabalan Shilpha, Lakkakula Satish, Mallappa Kumara Swamy, Manikandan Ramesh

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An array of organic compounds synthesized by plants for counteracting adverse environmental conditions and pathogens are called plant secondary metabolites. These phytochemicals are exclusive and impeccable sources of various high-demand, lifesaving, and commercially important pharmaceuticals. Elicitation is the significant approach of triggering physiological modifications and stimulating plant protection mechanisms by adding elicitors for the improved secretion of secondary metabolites. The effect of various biotic and abiotic elicitors on in vitro plant cultures and hairy root cultures for the increased accumulation of metabolites has been witnessed in majority of medicinal plants. Further, full exploration of research in this particular area will open up new horizons in secondary metabolite synthesis pathways and metabolomics. Here in this review, we focus on the mechanism and attributes of elicitation, types of elicitors, and its effect on plant secondary metabolite production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhytochemical Genomics
Subtitle of host publicationPlant Metabolomics and Medicinal Plant Genomics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789811957796
ISBN (Print)9789811957789
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Abiotic elicitors
  • Biotic elicitors
  • Elicitation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Secondary metabolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Medicine (all)


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