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Life Sciences => Plant Sciences, Zoology & Evolution => Topic started by: tkadm30 on 27/06/2018 21:27:48

Title: Is terpenoids biosynthesis temperature-dependent?
Post by: tkadm30 on 27/06/2018 21:27:48
Hi,

I would like to know if aromatic terpenoids biosynthesis is temperature-dependent?

What do you think?

tk
Title: Re: Is terpenoids biosynthesis temperature-dependent?
Post by: evan_au on 28/06/2018 11:08:42
Quote from: tkadm30
I would like to know if aromatic terpenoids biosynthesis is temperature-dependent?
All biosynthesis is temperature-dependent.

Not much biosynthesis occurs below about -10C, as most living things have frozen solid.
And not much biosynthesis occurs above about 100C, as most living things have all their proteins denatured. 

In animals and birds, all biological processes operate within a fairly narrow range of temperatures - if your core temperature moves more than 5C away from 37C you are likely to die without intensive medical intervention.

However, bacteria, insects, fish, trees and reptiles have a wider operating range of temperatures, since they can't maintain their own temperature at a constant temperature. But even then, there is a preferred range.

...there are exceptions to every rule: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremophile