Hardbound, 366 Pages
Published: May 2002
The topic is of course, very timely and it is exciting to see how F. Pietra explores it. The examples chosen by the author provide a useful introduction into the topic.
Michael Heinrich, Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Volume 83, number 3, 2002
This book is different from many others on Natural Product Diversity as it departs from the usual format of looking at compound diversity via taxonomic groups: insects, plants, fungi etc. or by compound type alkaloids, terpenoids etc. Instead, the author provides an overview of the diversity of compounds in different ecosystems (oceans, terrestrial and freshwater biomes) as well at what the author calls " functional levels" (signalling, antifeedants, food additives as well as fragrances and cosmetics).
The author has had to synthesise information about where plants' microbes that contain the compounds of interest were collected. This type of formation that was not always provided in natural product papers and if chemists were screening extracts from collections they would not have had this information. The author should be congratulated on the task undertaken. It has shown that biomes beyond the rain forests justify further study.
The book will be of interest to those studying different aspects of natural product diversity, chemical diversity, as well as chemical ecologists. Is is not overpriced and many students or scientists involved in drug discovery projects should be able to afford to buy a copy.
Monique S.J. Simmonds, Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Volume 83, number 3, 2002