Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry

Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry

4th Edition - October 25, 1993

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  • Author: J. Harborne
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080918594
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123246851

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Ecological biochemistry concerns the biochemistry of interactions between animals, plants and the environment, and includes such diverse subjects as plant adaptations to soil pollutants and the effects of plant toxins on herbivores. The intriguing dependence of the Monarch butterfly on its host plants is chosen as an example of plant-animal coevolution in action. The ability to isolate trace amounts of a substance from plant tissues has led to a wealth of new research, and the fourth edition of this well-known text has consequently been extensively revised. New sections have been provided on the cost of chemical defence and on the release of predator-attracting volatiles from plants. New information has been included on cyanogenesis, the protective role of tannins in plants and the phenomenon of induced defence in plant leaves following herbivory. Advanced level students and research workers aloke will find much of value in this comprehensive text, written by an acknowledged expert on this fascinating subject.

Key Features

  • The book covers the biochemistry of interactions between animals, plants and the environment, and includes such diverse subjects as plant adaptations to soil pollutants and the effects of plant toxins on herbivores
  • The intriguing dependence of the Monarch butterfly on its host plants is chosen as an example of plant-animal coevolution in action
  • New sections have been added on the cost of chemical defence and on the release of predators attracting volatiles from plants
  • New information has been included on cyanogenesis, the protective role of tannins in plants and the phenomenon of induced defence in plant leaves following herbivory

Table of Contents

  • The Plant and Its Biochemical Adaptation to the Environment. Biochemistry of Plant Pollination. Plant Toxins and Their Effects on Animals. Insect Feeding Preferences. Feeding Preferences of Vertebrates, Including Man. The Co-Evolutionary Arms Race: Plant Defence and Animal Response. Animal Pheromones and Defence Substances. Biochemical Interactions Between Higher Plants. Higher Plants-Lower Plant Interactions: Phytoalexins and Phytotoxins. Subject Index. Index of Plant Names. Index of Animal Species.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: October 25, 1993
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080918594
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123246851

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J. Harborne

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University of Reading, Whiteknights, U.K.

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