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Biosynthesis in Insects


By: ED Morgan

180 pages, Illus

Royal Society of Chemistry

Paperback | Apr 2004 | #144032 | ISBN: 0854046917
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Hardback | Aug 2010 | Edition: 2 | #183766 | ISBN-13: 9781847558084
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About this book

The chemical study of insects has been growing for four decades, and with it an interest in how insects make their pheromones, hormones, defensive secretions, venoms, pigments and surface coverings. By investigating the biosynthesis of insects, one can gain a greater insight into the structure and function of insect compounds, into ways of disrupting biosynthetic reactions in pest species and how these pathways evolved.

The first textbook of its kind, this book amalgamates previously fragmented information and recent exciting developments in the field to provide a unique, concise chemical study of how insect substances are biosynthesised. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways that have been investigated, by which a great variety of insects, and some related arthropods, make their so-called secondary metabolites. Simpler biosynthetic pathways are explored before considering the experimental methods by which these studies are conducted. Consideration is also given to some of the plant substances which insects store or metabolize to their own use.

Abundantly illustrated with structures and reactions, and some beautiful photographs, Biosynthesis in Insects includes a series of problems and answers to facilitate and assess learning, making this unique look at biosynthesis in insects and their near relations ideal for students with some chemical background starting out on a study of insect substances. Researchers and academics will also welcome the amalgamation of previously scattered information. Includes an index of compounds and species, and lists for further reading.


Introduction; Enzymes and Coenzymes; Fatty Acids and Derived Compounds; Polyketides and Acetogenins; Experimental Methods; Terpenes; Higher Terpenes and Steroids; Aromatic Compounds; Alkaloids and Substances of Mixed Biosynthetic Origin; Plant Substances Stored, Changed or Unchanged, by Insects

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E David Morgan is in the Chemical Ecology Group, Lennard-Jones Laboratory at Keele University, UK. He has worked at the National Institute for Medical Research, the Shell Chemical Company, and subsequently became Lecturer, Reader and Professor, now Emeritus Professor at Keele University.

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