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Plant Secondary Metabolism

Authors: Seigler, David S.

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Life has evolved as a unified system; no organism exists similar role also has been suggested for fatty acids from alone, but each is in intimate contact with other organisms cyanolipids. Nonprotein amino acids, cyanogenic glyco­ and its environment. Historically, it was easier for workers sides, and the non-fatty-acid portion of cyanolipids also are in various disciplines to delimit artificially their respective incorporated into primary metabolites during germination. areas of research, rather than attempt to understand the entire Secondary metabolites of these structural types are accumu­ system of living organisms. This was a pragmatic and neces­ lated in large quantities in the seeds of several plant groups sary way to develop an understanding for the various parts. where they probably fulfill an additional function as deter­ We are now at a point, however, where we need to investi­ rents to general predation. gate those things common to the parts and, specifically, those The second type of relationship involves interaction of things that unify the parts. The fundamental aspects of many plants with other organisms and with their environment. Bio­ of these interactions are chemical in nature. Plants constitute logical interactions must be viewed in the light of evolution­ an essential part of all life systems; phytochemistry provides ary change and the coadaptation, or perhaps coevolution, of a medium for linking several fields of study.

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`This masterly work is especially good on chemical ecology and medicinal phytochemistry and can be warmly recommended as a valuable reference source.' Phytochemistry, 53 (2000)
`In conclusion, David Seigler has produced an outstanding textbook on plant secondary metabolism which should have a place in the library of every botanist, pharmacist, phytochemist, ecologist and biochemist or anybody interested in the application and utilisation of secondary metabolites in ecology, agriculture, biotechnology or medicine.' Journal of Plant Physiology, 157 (2000)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plant Secondary Metabolism
Authors
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-4913-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-4913-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-412-01981-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-7228-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 759
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