secondary metabolic process
- biological process
- exact: secondary metabolism
- exact: secondary metabolite metabolic process
- exact: secondary metabolite metabolism
- The chemical reactions and pathways resulting in many of the chemical changes of compounds that are not necessarily required for growth and maintenance of cells, and are often unique to a taxon. In multicellular organisms secondary metabolism is generally carried out in specific cell types, and may be useful for the organism as a whole. In unicellular organisms, secondary metabolism is often used for the production of antibiotics or for the utilization and acquisition of unusual nutrients. [source:
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