Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition

Leland J. Cseke, Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman, Sara Warber, James A. Duke, Harry L. Brielmann

June 23, 2006 by CRC Press
Reference - 632 Pages - 10 Color & 300 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849329760 - CAT# 2976


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  • Offers examples of compounds originally derived from plants for their medicinal, nutritional, and psychological value
  • Brings a better understanding to natural products used for pest control; dyes and fibers; food and beverages; flavorings and fragrances; and many other novel compounds
  • Contains new characterization methods using modern chromatography and spectroscopy, including one of the only available comprehensive treatments of the use of NMR spectroscopy for the characterization of natural products
  • Provides new information on how plant natural products act at target sites in humans
  • Includes additional resources and references for conservation of plant species and the natural areas in which they are native
  • Provides indexes of plant names—common and scientific—and chemical names used in the text, in addition to the subject index
  • Summary

    2008 NOMINEE

    The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

    Annual Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature

    From medicinal, industrial, and culinary uses to cutting-edge laboratory techniques in modern research and plant conservation strategies, Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition reveals a vastly expanded understanding of the natural products that plants produce. In a single volume, this bookoffers a thorough inventory of the various types of plant-derived compounds. It covers their chemical composition, structure, and properties alongside the most effective ways to identify, extract, analyze, and characterize new plant-derived compounds.

    The authors examine new information on the chemical mechanisms plants use to deter predators and pathogens, attract symbiotic organisms, and defend themselves against environmental stress—insights which are key for adapting such mechanisms to human health. Along with updated and revised information from the highly acclaimed first edition, the second edition presents seven new chapters and features more than 50% new material relating to plant constituents, natural product biochemistry, and molecular biology. The book incorporates in-depth treatment of natural product biosynthesis with new collection and extraction protocols, advanced separation and analytical techniques, up-to-date bioassays, as well as modern molecular biology and plant biotechnology for the production of natural products. 

    Unique in its breadth and coverage, Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition belongs on the shelf of interested researchers, policymakers, and consumers— particularly those involved in disease prevention, treatment, and pharmaceutical applications—who need a complete guide to the properties, uses, and study of plant natural products.