CYANOGENESIS - A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Compartmentalization of cyanogenic glycosides away from their catabolic enzymes is self evident. Some details of that process were first described in 1980 for sorghum leaves. Studies in other species, including cassava, followed. The situation in seeds of Prunus serotina has recently been documented in exquisite detail. This type of information is essential when attempting to understand how cyanogenic glycosides can be transferred between tissues within the same plant. This older knowledge on biosynthesis and compartmentation of cyanogenic glucosides will be related to the theme of this workshop.