Biochemistry of plant secondary metabolism


    • Wink, Michael


Biochemistry of plant secondary metabolism

edited by Michael Wink

(Annual plant reviews, v. 2)

Sheffield Academic Press , CRC Press, 1999

  • : uk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



ISBN 9780849340857


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.


Introduction-M. Wink Biochemistry of Alkaloids and Betalaines-M.F. Roberts Biosynthesis of Cyanogenic Glycosides, Glucosinolates, and Non-protein Amino Acids-D. Selmar Biosynthesis of Phenylpropanoids and Related Compounds-M. Petersen and U. Matern Biochemistry of Terpenoids: Monoterpenes, Sesquiter-penes, Sterols, Cardiac Glycosides, and Steroid Saponins-W. Kreis Chemotaxonomy in Relation to Molecular Phylogeny of Plants-M. Wink

: uk ISBN 9781841270074


Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 2 A comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of a subject in which our knowledge has advanced considerably over the past decade. Authors from leading laboratories around the world provide new insights into the integration of secondary metabolism into the physiology and ecology of plants. A chapter is included on chemotaxonomy based on molecular systematics.


  • Introduction: biochemistry, role and biotechnology of secondary metabolites
  • Biochemistry and physiology of alkaloids and betalains
  • Biosynthesis of cyanogenic glycosides, glucosinolates, and nonprotein amino acids
  • Biosynthesis of phenylpropanoids and related compounds
  • Bio-chemistry of terpenoids: monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes, sterols, cardiac glycosides and steroid saponins
  • Chemo-taxonomy in relation to molecular phylogeny of plants
  • References
  • Index .

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