Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry

4th Edition

Authors: J. Harborne
Paperback ISBN: 9780123246868
eBook ISBN: 9780080918594
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th October 1993
Page Count: 384
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Description

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.

Details

No. of pages:
384
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1994
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080918594
eBook ISBN:
9780080918587
Hardcover ISBN:
9780123246851
Paperback ISBN:
9780123246868

About the Author

J. Harborne

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Reading, Whiteknights, U.K.