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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Contents

Definition typology and occurrence of alkaloids
1
Alkaloid chemistry
99
Biology of alkaloids
195
Ecology of alkaloids
259
Evolution of alkaloids and alkaloids in evolution
291
Applied potential and current applications of alkaloids
345
Problems of alkaloids in nature and human activity
421
Alkaloid Extraction Protocols
439
Alkaloid Index
447
Taxonomic Index
461
Author Index
473
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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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