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The Chemistry of Plants: Perfumes, Pigments and Poisons [Paperback]

Item : The Chemistry of Plants: Perfumes, Pigments and Poisons [Paperback]
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Author Author : Sequin, Margareta
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1849733341
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781849733342
Publisher Publisher : Royal Society of Chemistry
Pages Pages : 226
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100121523

This book combines organic chemistry with the living world of plants and is an introduction to organic plant compounds for the non-chemist. It starts with a review of basic concepts of chemistry as they relate to plant life, followed by an introduction to structures of organic compounds, and then chapters on primary metabolites and on plant fragrances, pigments, and plant defensive compounds. The final chapter relates plant compounds to human life, with subchapters on foods from plants, medicines, psychoactives, fibers, and dyes. Historic discoveries of plant compounds and their developments to contemporary uses, like modern pharmaceuticals, and a section on genetically modified plants, connect with topics of recent interest. Plant photos and stories accompany chemistry topics and chemical structures.This book is an introduction to organic chemistry and its compounds as related to plants. Chemistry tends to be seen as a field that is hard to comprehend and that has few connections with the living world. This book fills a gap as it eases access to organic chemistry by connecting it with plants, and plant photos and stories accompany chemistry topics and chemical structures to aid understanding. The book starts with a review of basic concepts of chemistry as they relate to plant life, followed by an introduction to structures of organic compounds, which prepares the reader for the following chapters on primary metabolites and on plant fragrances, pigments, and plant defensive compounds. The final chapter relates plant compounds to human life, with subchapters on foods from plants, medicines, psychoactives, fibers, and dyes. Historic discoveries of plant compounds and their developments to contemporary uses, like modern pharmaceuticals, and a section on genetically modified plants, connect with topics of recent interest. The book leads the serious reader from chemistry basics to complex plant substances and their human uses. The book, written by an organic chemist and lSw

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