Biosynthesis in Insects

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Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010 - Science - 362 pages
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The chemical study of insects has been growing for four decades, and with it an interest in how insects make their pheromones, hormones, defensive secretions, venoms, pigments and surface coverings. By investigating the biosynthesis of insects, one can gain a greater insight into the structure and function of insect compounds, into ways of disrupting biosynthetic reactions in pest species and how these pathways evolved. The first textbook of its kind, Biosynthesis in Insects amalgamates previously fragmented information and recent exciting developments in the field to provide a unique, concise chemical study of how insect substances are biosynthesised. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways that have been investigated, by which a great variety of insects, and some related arthropods, make their so-called secondary metabolites. Simpler biosynthetic pathways are explored before considering the experimental methods by which these studies are conducted. Consideration is also given to some of the plant substances which insects store or metabolize to their own use. Abundantly illustrated with structures and reactions, and some beautiful photographs, Biosynthesis in Insects includes a series of problems and answers to facilitate and assess learning, making this unique look at biosynthesis in insects and their near relations ideal for students with some chemical background starting out on a study of insect substances. Researchers and academics will also welcome the amalgamation of previously scattered information. Including an index of compounds and species, and lists for further reading, this book provides a truly unique source for those working in the field.

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Enzymes and Coenzymes
Biosynthesis in Insects Advanced Edition
Fatty Acids and Cuticular Hydrocarbons
Aliphatic Compounds from Fatty Acids
Lower Terpenes
Higher Terpenes and Steroids
Aromatic Compounds
Alkaloids and Compounds of Mixed Biosynthetic Origin
Plant Substances Altered and Sequestered by Insects
Looking Ahead
Glossary of Terms
Subject Index

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About the author (2010)

E David Morgan is in the Chemical Ecology Group, Lennard-Jones Laboratory at Keele University, UK. He has worked at the National Institute for Medical Research, the Shell Chemical Company, and subsequently became Lecturer, Reader and Professor, now Emeritus Professor at Keele University. In 2011 Professor Morgan was awarded an honorary DSc by Memorial University, Canada.

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