Plants furnish mankind with a wide array of vegetable products - food and feed, medicines, spices, dyes, pesticides, fragrances and stimulants. For many of these products or their synthetic successors, agriculture and phytochemistry have, at some stage, played an important role. This multi-author volume contains the proceedings of an international symposium of phytochemistry and agriculture. The book is divided into three sections dealing with phytochemicals in crop protection; adverse effects nof phytochemicals; and protection of phytochemicals by field crops and tissue culture. Specific topics include: new concepts in crop protection, developments of insecticides and tritrophic interactions; toxic substances in cassava, alfalfa and cattle feed; use and production of tannins, ginkgo biloba extracts, essential oils and fats; developments in plant cell biotechnology; and economics of production processes. The contributions in this book provide a useful introduction to the field and a flavour of current research.
'a useful addition to an Institute or University library with an active interest in agricultural biotechnology and phytochemistry ... the standard of writing is good'
Denis J. Murphy, Agricultural Science, Volume 123 - 1994
`The subject matter of the book is very wide-ranging ... a useful addition to an Institute or University library with an active interest in agricultural biotechnology and phytochemistry.'
Denis J. Murphy, Journal of Agricultural Science
`This book is generally well produced ... Most of the contributions are of sufficiently wide interest to make this volume a worthwhile addition to a plant sciences library'
M.G. Jones, Annals of Botany 74, 1994
`Although the conference was held some time ago, the contents of the proceedings are still to a large extent up-to-date. I can thoroughly recommend the volume to agronomists, phytochemists, biologists, pharmacists, and any other scientists interested in the phytochemical aspects of agriculture.'
R.J. Grayer, Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol. 46, No, 282, January 1995
`The chapters were written by outstanding scientists. An introduction provides a review on the whole topic. Each chapter contains a reference list. A genus and species index complement the book. The chapters are written clearly and precisely. The book can be recommended for all those concerned with and interested in agriculture and phytochemistry.'
H.R. Schütte, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 147 (1995)
1: Insects and phytochemicals - nature's economy
2: The chemistry of azadirachtin and other insecticidal constituents of Meliaceae
3: Progress in developing insecticides from natural compounds
4: Exploiting behaviourally-active phytochemicals in crop protection
5: Metabolic signals in the rhizosphere: catabolism of calystegins and betains by hizobium melioti'
6: Practical significance of tritrophic interactions for crop protection
7: Cyanogenesis and food plants
8: Digestibility-inhibiting substances from alfalfa
9: Toxic range plants and their constitutents
10: Production and application of phytochemicals from an agricutlural perspective
11: Polyphenols - phytochemical chameleons
12: Gingko biloba - cultivation, extraction, and therapeutic use of the extract
13: Experiences of starting a commercial company based on plant-derived products in a developing country
14: Biosynthesis of storage fat in oil crops - today and tomorrow
15: Variation of flower colours by genetic manipulation of the biosynthesis of anthocyanins
16: Recent advances in the prduction of aroma compounds in plant culture systems
17: Production of foreign proteins and peptides in transgenic plants
18: Industrial production of fine chemicals - plants versus chemical synthesis