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Natural Products from Plants

2nd Edition

By Leland J. Cseke, Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman, Sara Warber, James A. Duke, Harry L. Brielmann

CRC Press

632 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 300 B/W Illus.

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The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Annual Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature

From medicinal, industrial, and culinary uses to cutting-edge laboratory techniques in modern research and plant conservation strategies, Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition reveals a vastly expanded understanding of the natural products that plants produce. In a single volume, this bookoffers a thorough inventory of the various types of plant-derived compounds. It covers their chemical composition, structure, and properties alongside the most effective ways to identify, extract, analyze, and characterize new plant-derived compounds.

The authors examine new information on the chemical mechanisms plants use to deter predators and pathogens, attract symbiotic organisms, and defend themselves against environmental stress—insights which are key for adapting such mechanisms to human health. Along with updated and revised information from the highly acclaimed first edition, the second edition presents seven new chapters and features more than 50% new material relating to plant constituents, natural product biochemistry, and molecular biology. The book incorporates in-depth treatment of natural product biosynthesis with new collection and extraction protocols, advanced separation and analytical techniques, up-to-date bioassays, as well as modern molecular biology and plant biotechnology for the production of natural products. 

Unique in its breadth and coverage, Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition belongs on the shelf of interested researchers, policymakers, and consumers— particularly those involved in disease prevention, treatment, and pharmaceutical applications—who need a complete guide to the properties, uses, and study of plant natural products.


"The book does a great job in explaining how natural products are interrelated with the environment, and explains physiological and ecological functions of natural products . . . written in a way that makes it interesting to read . . . It is a book well worth having."

–Anna K. Jäger, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, in South African Journal of Botany, 2007, Vol. 73, No. 3

Praise for the First Edition:

“The five authors all have a common background in the natural sciences but their professional careers have taken them to diverse positions inside or outside of academia…and this diversity is definitely one of the strongest aspects of the book.”

— Michael Heinrich, Journal of Ethnopharmacology

“The book is well written with many photographs…and well indexed and has good supplemental information and references at the end of each chapter…”

— Charles D. Hufford, University of Mississippi (Journal of Natural Products, 2000, 63, 735–738)

Table of Contents

Phytochemicals: The Chemical Components of Plants; H.L. Brielmann Jr., W.N. Setzer, P.B. Kaufman, A. Kirakosyan, and L.J. Cseke

How and Why These Compounds Are Synthesized by Plants; L.J. Cseke, C.R. Lu, A. Kornfeld, P.B. Kaufman, and A. Kirakosyan

Regulation of Metabolite Synthesis in Plants; L.J. Cseke and P. B. Kaufman

Plant Natural Products in the Rhizosphere; Bhinu, V.S., K. Narasimhan, and S. Swarup

Molecular Biology of Plant Natural Products; Sheela Reuben, L.J. Cseke, Bhinu, V.S., K. Narasimhan, M. Jeyakumar and S. Swarup

The Study of Natural Product Biosynthesis in the Pregenomics and Genomics Eras; F. Chen, L.J. Cseke, H. Lin, A. Kirakosyan, J.S. Yuan, and P. Kaufman

Plant Biotechnology for the Production of Natural Products; A. Kirakosyan

Traditional, Analytical, and Preparative Separations of Natural Products; L.J. Cseke, W.N. Setzer, B. Vogler, A. Kirakosyan, and P.B. Kaufman

Characterization of Natural Products; B. Vogler and W.N. Setzer

Bioassays for Activity; W.N. Setzer and B. Vogler

Modes of Action at Target Sites; S. Warber, E.M. Seymour, P. Kaufman, A. Kirakosyan, and L.J. Cseke

The Uses of Plant Natural Products by Humans and Risks Associated with Their Use; P.B. Kaufman, A. Kirakosyan, M. McKenzie, P. Dayanandan, J.E. Hoyt, and C. Li

The Synergy Principle at Work with Plants, Pathogens, Insects, Herbivores, and Humans; K. Spelman, J.A. Duke and M.J. Bogenschutz-Godwin

Plant Conservation; M.J. Bogenschutz-Godwin, J.A. Duke, M. McKenzie, and P.B. Kaufman

Relationship Between People and Plants; S. Warber and K. Irvine

Appendix:Information Retrieval on Natural Products in Plants

Indexes: Chemicals, Plant Species and Common Names, and Subject

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General