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The Resource Nature's chemicals : the natural products that shaped our world, Richard Firn

Nature's chemicals : the natural products that shaped our world, Richard Firn

Label
Nature's chemicals : the natural products that shaped our world
Title
Nature's chemicals
Title remainder
the natural products that shaped our world
Statement of responsibility
Richard Firn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Natural Products (NPs) is the term used to describe the hundreds of thousands of chemical compounds or substances that are continually produced by living organisms (plants and microbes). Hundreds of millions of tons of these chemicals are generated annually, and the trade in just a few of these has dominated human economic activity for thousands of years. Indeed the current world geopolitical map has been shaped by attempts to control the supply of a few of these compounds. Every day of our lives each human spends time and money trying to procure the NPs of their choice. However, despite their overwhelming influence on human culture, they remain poorly understood. Yet a knowledge of NPs can help in our search for new drugs, further the debate about GM manipulation, help us address environmental pollution, and enable a better understanding of drug trafficking. This book describes Natural Products (NPs) in an evolutionary context, distilling the few simple principles that govern the way in whicn organisms (including humans) have evolved to produce, cope with, or respond to NPs. It synthesizes a widely dispersed literature and provides a general picture of NPs, encompassing evolutions, history, ecology, and environmental issues (along with some deeper theory relevant to biochemistry), with the goal of enabling a wider section of the scientific cpmmunity to fully appreciate the crucial importance of Natural Products to human culture and future survival."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
UKM
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Firn, Richard
Dewey number
547.7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QK99.A1
LC item number
F57 2010
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QK99.A1
NAL item number
F57 2010
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford biology
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  • Natural products
  • Bioactive compounds
  • Medicinal plants
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Biological Products
  • Plants, Medicinal
Label
Nature's chemicals : the natural products that shaped our world, Richard Firn
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Series appears on jacket
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What are natural products? -- The importance of NPs in human affairs -- The main classes of NPs -- only a few pathways lead to the majority of NPs -- Are NPs different from synthetic chemicals? -- Why do organisms make NPs? -- NPs, chemicals and the environment -- Natural products and the pharmaceutical industry -- The chemical interactions between organisms -- The evolution of metabolism -- The genetic modification of NP pathways -- possible opportunities and possible pitfalls
Control code
368048397
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 250 pages
Isbn
9780199566839
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)368048397
Label
Nature's chemicals : the natural products that shaped our world, Richard Firn
Publication
Note
Series appears on jacket
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What are natural products? -- The importance of NPs in human affairs -- The main classes of NPs -- only a few pathways lead to the majority of NPs -- Are NPs different from synthetic chemicals? -- Why do organisms make NPs? -- NPs, chemicals and the environment -- Natural products and the pharmaceutical industry -- The chemical interactions between organisms -- The evolution of metabolism -- The genetic modification of NP pathways -- possible opportunities and possible pitfalls
Control code
368048397
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 250 pages
Isbn
9780199566839
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)368048397

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