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Chemistry in the Garden - James R. Hanson

Hardcover Published: 2007
ISBN: 9780854048977
Number Of Pages: 147

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The aim of this book is to describe some aspects of the chemistry and chemical ecology which are found in the garden. In the garden there are numerous interactions between plants, the soil and with other organisms in which chemistry plays a central mediating role.  The discussion concerns several of the chemically and ecologically interesting compounds that are produced by common ornamental garden plants and vegetables and by the predators that attack them. Many chemists are amateur gardeners and this book is directed at them as well as those with a general interest in the scientific processes involved in the garden.

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"""An impressive feature of this book is its coverage of bread and butter substances, such as the properties that make cellulose such an important structural material.""""The book includes a through index and has a good bibliography.""""Priced at u14.95, this is expecially good value for a hardback. I recommend this book to A-Level teachers not just for themselves, but also to give to students who want to discover organic chemistry beyond that in the A-Level chemistry specifications.""" * Education in Chemistry *
"The amount of information that is squeezed into this short book (just 146 pages) is remarkable.....full of interesting facts and figures, relating to plants commonly grown in gardens: did you know that over 800 compounds have been isolated from wine matured in oak barrels?This book is easier to read than most scientific literature, and provides a concise introduction for anyone wishing to study any aspect of plant chemistry......It is an enjoyable read and it succeeds in its aim: 'to show that there is chemistry in every part of the garden." * "Chemistry & Industry, 24th March 2008 (Andrew Salisbury)" *
"James Hanson a recognized authority on natural products chemistry seeks to pass on not just his knowledge of the subject but also the excitement of seeing chemistry in action.....he illustrates the intricate chemical balances in the biosphere.If you have ever wondered why strawberries are red or why it is difficult to make jam from them, then this book will enlighten you. Anyone suffering from the delusion that ""natural"" equates with ""safe"" should read Chapter 6 on bioactive materials from ornamental plants.There is a very good general introduction to the subject of biosynthesis for those unfamiliar with it, and some more detail on selected aspects, which will interest the natural products chemist. There is a glossary of botanical terms.....a good list of suggested further reading and, very importantly, a comprehensive index." * "Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2008, 47, 2535-2536 (Charles Sell)" *

Chemical Diversity in Plantsp. 2
The Structure Elucidation of Natural Productsp. 3
The Ecological Role of Natural Productsp. 4
Changes in the Gardenp. 6
The Biosynthetic Relationship of Natural Products
Polyketidesp. 12
Terpenoidsp. 13
Phenylpropanoidsp. 15
Alkaloidsp. 17
Natural Products and Plant Biochemistry in the Garden
The Structural Material of Plantsp. 21
Photosynthesisp. 26
Oxidative Coenzymesp. 29
Plant Hormonesp. 30
Garden Soils
The Mineral Structure of the Soilp. 35
The Organic Content of the Soilp. 37
Nutrients from the Soilp. 38
The Role of pHp. 39
Fertilizers and Compostp. 40
Microbial Interactions within the Soilp. 41
The Colour and Scent of Garden Plants
Colouring Mattersp. 44
The Carotenoidsp. 44
The Anthocyaninsp. 46
Natural Pigmentsp. 50
Floral and Leaf Scentsp. 52
Bioactive Compounds from Ornamental Plants
Compounds from the Lamiaceaep. 59
The Foxgloves and Cardiac Glycosidesp. 62
Poppiesp. 63
Compounds from the Asteraceaep. 64
The Constituents of Bulbsp. 67
Toxic Compounds from Ornamental Plantsp. 69
Compounds from Ornamental Treesp. 72
Mistletoep. 75
Conifersp. 75
Natural Products in the Vegetable and Fruit Garden
Root Vegetablesp. 80
Onions, Garlic and Asparagusp. 86
The Brassicasp. 89
Lettucep. 91
The Legumesp. 93
Rhubarbp. 94
Tomatoesp. 94
Fruit Treesp. 96
Soft Fruitp. 98
Fungal and Insect Chemistry in the Garden
Microbial Interactionsp. 107
Lichensp. 109
Mycorrhizal and Endophytic Organismsp. 110
Interactions between Fungip. 111
Insect Chemistry in the Gardenp. 113
Epiloguep. 122
Further Readingp. 124
Glossaryp. 128
Subject Indexp. 134
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ISBN: 9780854048977
ISBN-10: 0854048979
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 147
Published: 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 16.28  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4