This publication is based on the plant processes and reaction sites for which reliable knowledge on both their physiology and biochem-istry and the mode of herbicidal action is available. Targets of the agrochemical research, such as enzymes of biosynthetic pathways or herbicide-binding peptides in the photosynthetic membrane, are highlighted. Detailed knowledge about the target sites will allow bio-chemical model systems to evaluate the biological activity of newly synthesized compounds before their conventional screening in the greenhouse. Quantitative structure/activity relationships should be performed more reliably with simple biological species or enzymol-ogy assays, to aid in the rational design of pesticides. This text is highly valuable for plant physiologists, pathologists, and chemists in the agrochemical industry and universities.
Table of Contents
Biochemistry and Genetic Control of the Photosys-tem-II Herbicide Target Site. Inhibition of Carotenoid Biosynthesis by Herbicides. Herbicide-Induced Radical Damage and Antioxida-tive Systems. Fatty Acid Biosynthesis - A Target Site of Herbicide Action. Herbicide Interference with Cell Division in Plants. Herbi-cides as Inhibitors of Amino Acid Biosynthesis. Gibberellins: Metabolic Pathways and Inhibitors of Biosynthesis. Producing Her-bicide-Resistant Plants by Gene Transfer Technology. Modern As-pects of Enzyme Inhibition with Particular Emphasis on Reaction-In-termediate Analogs and Other Potent, Reversible Inhibitors. New Plant-Specific Targets for Future Herbicides. Index.