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Author Firn, Richard, author.

Title Nature's chemicals : the natural products that shaped our world / Richard Firn
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (ix, 250 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Oxford biology
Oxford biology.
Contents Preface; Contents; 1. What Are Natural Products?; 2. The Importance of NPs in Human Affairs; 3. The Main Classes of NPs -- Only a Few Pathways Lead to the Majority of NPs; 4. Are NPs Different from Synthetic Chemicals?; 5. Why Do Organisms Make NPs?; 6. NPs, Chemicals and the Environment; 7. Natural Products and the Pharmaceutical Industry; 8. The Chemical Interactions between Organisms; 9. The Evolution of Metabolism; 10. The Genetic Modification of NP Pathways -- Possible Opportunities and Possible Pitfalls; Notes; Index
Summary This monograph describes natural products as a group in an evolutionary context. It synthesizes a widely dispersed literature and provides a general picture of natural products encompassing evolution, history, ecology, and environmental issues, along with some deeper theory relevant to biochemistry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-237) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Natural products.
Bioactive compounds.
Plants, Medicinal -- chemistry
Biological Factors -- chemistry
Plants, Medicinal -- microbiology
SCIENCE -- Chemistry -- Organic.
Bioactive compounds.
Natural products.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010277781
ISBN 9780191574368
Other Titles Natural products that shaped our world