637 pages, 83 plates with colour photos; b/w illustrations, tables
This comprehensive and interdisciplinary handbook provides a bird's-eye view of two centuries of research on secondary metabolites of the two large Solanales families, Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae.
In Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae: Secondary Metabolites they're arranged according to their biosynthetic principles, while the occurrence and chemical structures of almost all known individual secondary metabolites are covered. These are found in hundreds of wild as well as cultivated solanaceous and convolvulaceous species.
In addition to the biosynthesis, the pharmacological, toxicological, ethnobotanical, ecological, and economic significance of the metabolites is treated.
A major aim of Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae: Secondary Metabolites is the individual phytochemical characterization of the Solanales taxa on the species level.
Species are integrated into frameworks of traditional and molecular phylogeny-based classifications. This allows a detailed discussion of chemotaxonomic relationships with regard to all taxon levels up to the order.
The text is supplemented by 83 superb colour photos of Solanales plants.
"The text covers the known chemistry of two large families and compares the findings in a variety of ways to provide a synthesis [...] . At the end is an Appendix of colour plates, Subject Index, and Taxonomic Index. [...] I recommend this book to anyone involved with people, whether city-dwellers or traditional. While the book contains plants not often used by humans, these families have species that are ubiquitous as food and medicine."
- Daniel F. Austin, Economic Botany, Vol. 62 (4), 2008
"This handbook [...] survey of two centuries of research on secondary metabolites in the Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae families, both of the order Solanales. The author has more than 20 years of research experience on secondary metabolites of these taxa. [...] the author treads a new path using more recent chemotaxonomic and molecular phylogenetic aspects for the characterization of plants. [...] this book will clearly serve as a reference for scientists active in the field of medical plant research, natural products chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences."
- Ivo Pischel, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, March, 2009
"The handbook Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae: Secondary Metabolites comprises 8 chapters and an appendix with 83 color plates of Solanales species. [...] Most of the references listed at the end of each chapter provide additional sources for the reader. This book is recommended to anyone interested in studying secondary metabolites."
- Edna Myiake Kato, Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010
- Classification and System in Solanales
- Ornithine-Derived Alkaloids
- Tryptophan-derived Alkaloids
- Miscellaneous Alkaloids
- Phenylalanine-derived Metabolites/Phenylpropanoids
- Terpenoids (Isoprenoids)
- Secondary Metabolites Derived from Fatty Acids and Carbohydrates
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