Nutty and fungi-ble taxol sources.
Pacific yew had been the only source of paclitaxel, a costly drug ingredient that's in high demand. Hoffman's team has found taxanes in all parts of the blight-resistant hazelnut trees, but concentrations are only one-tenth as high as in the yew trees. However, the hazelnut taxanes represent a double whammy. Inside tissues of the apparently healthy trees, Hoffman discovered independent producers of paclitaxel--various unidentified fungi. Her group is now investigating what role, if any, the taxanes play in protecting hazelnuts from disease.
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|Title Annotation:||hazelnut trees are new source of paclitaxel|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 15, 2000|
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