Alkaloids: Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, and Applications

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Elsevier, Apr 25, 2015 - Science - 496 pages
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Alkaloids - Secrets of Life: Alkaloid Chemistry, Biological Significance, Applications and Ecological Role, Second Edition provides knowledge on structural typology, biosynthesis and metabolism in relation to recent research work on alkaloids, considering an organic chemistry approach to alkaloids using biological and ecological explanation. The book approaches several questions and unresearched areas that persist in this field of research. It provides a beneficial text for academics, professionals or anyone who is interested in the fascinating subject of alkaloids. Each chapter features an abstract. Appendices, a listing of alkaloids, and plants containing alkaloids are all included, as are basic protocols of alkaloid analysis.
  • Presents the ecological role of alkaloids in nature and ecosystems interdisciplinary
  • Examines alkaloids from chemistry, biology and ecology viewpoints
  • A single handy reference volume comprehensively reviews the origin of alkaloids and their biological uses
  • Over 80% new information, including new chapters on the ecological role of alkaloids in nature and ecosystems and extraction of alkaloids

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Definition typology and occurrence of alkaloids
Alkaloid chemistry
Biology of alkaloids
Ecology of alkaloids
Evolution of alkaloids and alkaloids in evolution
Applied potential and current applications of alkaloids
Problems of alkaloids in nature and human activity
Alkaloid Extraction Protocols
Alkaloid Index
Taxonomic Index
Author Index

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Former (retired 2014) Professor in Applied Botany, University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Biology, Research and Teaching Laboratory of Applied Botany, Joensuu Campus. Internationally known, Chair of Phytochemical Section of the Botanical Society of America. Lifetime scientific title of docent in applied botany. Gold Medal for a Long Service to the Scientic Community.

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