A primary metabolite is a kind of metabolite that is directly involved in normal growth, development, and reproduction. A common example of primary metabolite is alcohol which is produced by microbiologists in labs. Ethanol is another example of primary metabolism
Secondary metabolites are organic compounds that are not directly involved in the normal growth, development, or reproduction of an organism. Pigments and antibiotics are both common examples of secondary metabolisms.
Look at the time the two different types are produced, why do you think it’s important for scientists to know what kind of metabolite a product is?
Primary metabolites are a really important component in maintaining normal physiological processes. These Primary metabolites usually produced during the growth phase as a result of energy metabolism, and are deemed essential for proper growth. Some examples of primary metabolites include alcohols such as ethanol, lactic acid, and certain amino acids.