Plants, as primary producers, have been playing an indispensable role in other organisms’ survival and the balance of whole ecosystem on Earth. Especially, they provide the main source of energy, food, and medicine for human beings, some of which are derived from the primary or secondary metabolites . Angiosperms, with more than 300,000 species on Earth, are the largest group of land plants by far. Most agricultural crops, fruits, ornamental plants, and medicinal herbs belong to this group. The medicinal herbs are usually rich in specialized metabolites that could provide safe and valuable resources for pharmaceutical development.
Journal: Genomics, proteomics & bioinformatics