Biochemistry of Plant Secondary Metabolism

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Michael Wink
CRC Press, Sep 21, 1999 - Science - 374 pages
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The secondary metabolites of plants were once considered to be waste products - today, their true value is understood. New methods of separation and structural elucidation, and advances in the investigation of biochemical activities, have increased our understanding of secondary metabolites. Their function as a defense mechanisms offers a great potential for technological gain.
Secondary metabolites can be utilized in agriculture to breed stronger crops and in the manufacture of biorational pesticides. They can also be exploited by medicine as theraputic agents. And these are just two of the likely uses.
This landmark volume presents articles by an impressive team of experts from leading laboratories. Each chapter considers a current understanding of secondary metabolites in nature and the potential exploitation of those qualities by the biotechnology industry.
  

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Contents

biochemistry role and biotechnology
1
References
15
References
70
Biosynthesis of cyanogenic glycosides glucosinolates
79
Glucosinolates
111
References
136
Biosynthesis of phenylpropanoids and related compounds
151
monoterpenes sesquiterpenes
222
Acknowledgements
280
Chemotaxonomy in relation to molecular phylogeny of plants
300
Index
342
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