Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry

Paperback | January 4, 1994

byJ. B. HarborneEditorJ. B. Harborne

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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. 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

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Advanced level students and research workers alike will find much of value in this comprehensive text, written by an acknowledged expert on this fascinating subject.

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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-a...

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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-a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 1994Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123246865

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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

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Advanced level students and research workers alike will find much of value in this comprehensive text, written by an acknowledged expert on this fascinating subject.