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book is based on a 1990 Russian monograph, but includes all important subsequent literature and developments, including unpublished data from the authors' laboratories.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* BRASSINOSTEROIDS: A New Class of Plant Hormones covers: * Structures and classification * Isolation and spectroscopic determination * Biosynthesis and metabolism * Natural product synthesis * Physiological mode of action * Structure-activity relationships * Practical applications in agriculture


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

Table of Contents

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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About the authors

V. Khripach

Affiliations and Expertise

Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk

V. Zhabinskii

Affiliations and Expertise

Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk

A. de Groot

Affiliations and Expertise

Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands


"...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." @source:--JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 1999, Thomas J. Bach