Alkaloids - Secrets of Life:

1st Edition

Aklaloid Chemistry, Biological Significance, Applications and Ecological Role

Authors: Tadeusz Aniszewski Tadeusz Aniszewski
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444527363
eBook ISBN: 9780080475332
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 22nd March 2007
Page Count: 334
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Description

Alkaloids, represent a group of interesting and complex chemical compounds, produced by the secondary metabolism of living organisms in different biotopes. They are relatively common chemicals in all kingdoms of living organisms in all environments. Two hundred years of scientific research has still not fully explained the connections between alkaloids and life.

Alkaloids-Chemistry, Biological Significance, Applications and Ecological Role 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. Within the book several questions that persist in this field of research are approached as are some unresearched areas. The book provides beneficial text for an academic and professional audience and serves as a source of knowledge for anyone who is interested in the fascinating subject of alkaloids. Each chapter features an abstract. Appendices are included, as are a listing of alkaloids, plants containing alkaloids and some basic protocols of alkaloid analysis.

Key Features

  • Presents the ecological role of alkaloids in nature and ecosystems
  • Interdisciplinary and reader friendly approach
  • Up-to-date knowledge

Readership

Chemists, biologists and ecologists, also serves as a source of knowledge for anyone interested in alkaloids

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Definition, Typology and Occurrence of Alkaloids

  1. Definition
  2. Occurrence in nature

Chapter 2. Alkaloid Chemistry

  1. Alkaloids as secondary metabolism molecules
  2. Synthesis and metabolism

Chapter 3. Biological Significance of Alkaloids

  1. Alkaloids in biology
  2. Bioactivity
  3. Biotoxicity
  4. Narcotics
  5. Alkaloids in the immune system
  6. Genetic approach to alkaloids
  7. Alkaloids in the evolution of organisms

    Chapter 4. Applications

  8. Medicinal applications
  9. Alkaloids as drugs
  10. Agricultural applications
  11. Biotechnology

    Chapter 5. Ecological Role of Alkaloids

  12. Animal sequestration of alkaloids
  13. Sexual behaviour
  14. Feeding atractance and deterrence
  15. A case study: Alkaloids and plant population changes

Details

No. of pages:
334
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080475332
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444527363

About the Author

Tadeusz Aniszewski

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

Tadeusz Aniszewski

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland