saponin biosynthetic process

id: GO:0016135
name: saponin biosynthetic process
namespace: biological_process
type: go
obsolete: False

Description: The chemical reactions and pathways resulting in the formation of saponins, glycosides of plants in which the aglycan (sapogenin) group is a terpene or steroid and the sugar group is a glucose, a galactose, a pentose, a methylpentose or an oligosaccharide. Saponins are powerful surfactant agents and membrane active; they are, hence, toxic to animals on injection.

Parent Functions

GO:0016114terpenoid biosynthetic process
GO:0016129phytosteroid biosynthetic process
GO:0016134saponin metabolic process
GO:0016138glycoside biosynthetic process