Alkaloids - Secrets of Life:

Alkaloids - Secrets of Life:, 1st Edition

Aklaloid Chemistry, Biological Significance, Applications and Ecological Role

Alkaloids - Secrets of Life:, 1st Edition,Tadeusz Aniszewski,ISBN9780444527363


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Presenting chemical, biological and ecological explanations of the alkaloids

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* Presents the ecological role of alkaloids in nature and ecosystems
* Interdisciplinary and reader friendly approach
* Up-to-date knowledge


Alkaloids, represent a group of interesting and complex chemical compounds, produced by the secondary metabolism of living organisms in different biotopes. They are relatively common chemicals in all kingdoms of living organisms in all environments. Two hundred years of scientific research has still not fully explained the connections between alkaloids and life.
Alkaloids-Chemistry, Biological Significance, Applications and Ecological Role provides knowledge on structural typology, biosynthesis and metabolism in relation to recent research work on alkaloids. Considering an organic chemistry approach to alkaloids using biological and ecological explanation. Within the book several questions that persist in this field of research are approached as are some unresearched areas.
The book provides beneficial text for an academic and professional audience and serves as a source of knowledge for anyone who is interested in the fascinating subject of alkaloids. Each chapter features an abstract. Appendices are included, as are a listing of alkaloids, plants containing alkaloids and some basic protocols of alkaloid analysis.


Chemists, biologists and ecologists, also serves as a source of knowledge for anyone interested in alkaloids

Tadeusz Aniszewski

Former (retired 2014) Professor in Applied Botany, University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Biology, Research and Teaching Laboratory of Applied Botany, Joensuu Campus. Internationally known, Chair of Phytochemical Section of the Botanical Society of America. Lifetime scientific title of docent in applied botany. Gold Medal for a Long Service to the Scientic Community.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

Alkaloids - Secrets of Life:, 1st Edition

Chapter 1. Definition, Typology and Occurrence
of Alkaloids

1. Definition

2. Occurrence in nature

Chapter 2. Alkaloid Chemistry
1. Alkaloids as secondary metabolism molecules

2. Synthesis and metabolism

Chapter 3. Biological Significance of Alkaloids
1. Alkaloids in biology

2. Bioactivity

3. Biotoxicity

4. Narcotics

5. Alkaloids in the immune system

6. Genetic approach to alkaloids

7. Alkaloids in the evolution of organisms

Chapter 4. Applications
1. Medicinal applications

2. Alkaloids as drugs

3. Agricultural applications

4. Biotechnology

Chapter 5. Ecological Role of Alkaloids
1. Animal sequestration of alkaloids

2. Sexual behaviour

3. Feeding atractance and deterrence

4. A case study: Alkaloids and plant population changes


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