New gold in them thar hills: testing a novel supply route for plant-derived galanthamine

Mariecia Fraser, John Richard Thomas Davies, Xianmin Chang

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Many secondary plant compounds are synthesized in response to stressed growing conditions. We tested the feasibility of exploiting this feature in a novel strategy for the commercial production of the plant alkaloid galanthamine. Experimental lines of Narcissus pseudonarcissus were established under marginal upland permanent pasture at four different sites. Over 80 of bulbs successfully established at each site. There was no effect of altitude or planting density on galanthamine concentrations within vegetative tissues, which were higher than anticipated. The results confirm that planting N. pseudonarcissus under grass competition in upland areas could offer a novel and sustainable source of plant-derived galanthamine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1321-1325
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alzheimer’s Disease
Issue number4
Early online date09 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2016


  • Alkaloid
  • daffodil
  • galantamine
  • less favored areas
  • plant stress


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