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Vol. 21, No.2, March 1999

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Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No. 2

March 1999

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Chemicals from Plants: Perspectives on Plant Secondary Products

Edited by N. J. Walton, Institute of Food Research, Norwich Lab., UK.

This book is principally concerned with the relatively complex small molecules produced by plants, which are important as drugs, fine chemicals, fragrances, flavors, and biologically active dietary constituents. In a wide-ranging series of thematic essays, it covers key aspects of their role in plant ecology; their metabolism in the plant; their discovery, characterization, and use; and their significance in the diet. Biotechnology, including prospects for the genetic engineering of metabolic pathways, for biotransformations and also for the production of biologically active proteins, is the focus of the final section of the book. The overall aim of the volume is to provide, in each of the selected subject areas, a personal critique which is readily accessible to the advanced undergraduate student and to the nonspecialist research worker alike.


  • Classes and Functions of Secondary Products from Plants (J. B. Harborne);
  • Characterization and Control of Secondary Metabolism (A. J. Parr et al.);
  • Agricultural Production and Extraction (S. G. Deans & K. P. Svoboda);
  • Modern Methods of Secondary Product Separation and Analysis (T. A. von Beek);
  • Structure Elucidation of Plant Secondary Products (G. Massiot et al.);
  • Plant Drug Discovery and Development (M, Simmonds et al.);
  • Conservation of Plant Resources (M. Simmonds & W. Blaney);
  • Disease Prevention and Plant Dietary Substances (G. R. Williamson et al.);
  • Manipulation of Plant Chemical Production by Genetic Engineering (C. R. Martin & A.. J. Michael);
  • Production of Biologically Active Proteins in Plants (G. Lomonossoff);
  • Biotransformations (M. C. R. Franssen et al.);
  • Biotechnology and Plant Secondary Products-The Future (V. De Luca).

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