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A New Class of Plant Hormones

Plants possess the ability to biosynthesize a large variety of steroids, but it was not until 1979 that a hormonal function was demonstrated in plants. Today, about 40 structurally and functionally related steroids, known as brassinosteroids, have been isolated from natural sources. Brassinosteroids demonstrate various kinds of regulatory activities in the growth and development of plants. This book is based on a 1990 Russian monograph, but includes all important subsequent literature and developments, including unpublished data from the authors' laboratories.

Plant biologists, natural products chemists, and steriod biochemists in academia and industry.

Hardbound, 456 Pages

Published: September 1998

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-406360-0


  • In view of the huge compilation of literature, large part being otherwise unaccessible, and of the relatively good quality of text and illustrations, I do warmly recommend this book to everyone engaged in phytohormone research."
    --JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 1999, Thomas J. Bach


  • Introduction. Brassionsteroids (BS) in Nature. Isolation and Identification. Spectral Properties. Biosynthesis and Metabolism. Basic Synthetic Methods and Formal Synthesis. Synthesis of Natural BS. Synthesis of BS Analogs. Physiological Mode of Action of BS. Bioassays and Structure–Activity Relationship of BS. Practical Applications and Toxicology. Subject Index.


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