Norman, the morphine-free poppy produces large amounts of thebaine and oripavine, compounds preferred by the pharmaceutical industry in the production high-value pain-killers. The isolated genes are associated with blocking the production of morphine whilst enhancing the plant's ability to produce these compounds. This understanding will help in the developming poppies capable of producing larger yields of these valuable compounds.
Photographer : David McClenaghan
To embed this image on your own website, please copy and paste the following code.
<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/3489/"><img src="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_200_CR3194.jpg" width="300" alt="Examining a morphine-free poppy" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="https://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/image/3489/">Examining a morphine-free poppy</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
Examining a morphine-free poppy
By downloading this image, you agree to abide by the following terms.
Attribution - You must give the original author credit.