Biochemistry, Ecology, and Medicinal Applications

  • Margaret F. Roberts
  • Michael Wink

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Margaret F. Roberts, Michael Wink
      Pages 1-7
  3. Historical and Cultural Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Michael Wink
      Pages 11-44
    3. H. D. Neuwinger
      Pages 45-84
  4. Biochemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Peter G. Waterman
      Pages 87-107
    3. Margaret F. Roberts
      Pages 109-146
    4. Kazuki Saito, Isamu Murakoshi
      Pages 147-157
    5. Margaret F. Roberts
      Pages 159-197
    6. Richard J. Robins
      Pages 199-218
    7. Michael Wink, Margaret F. Roberts
      Pages 239-262
  5. Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Michael Wink
      Pages 265-300
    3. Michael Wink
      Pages 301-326
    4. F. R. Stermitz
      Pages 327-336
    5. J. V. Lovett, A. H. C. Hoult
      Pages 337-347
    6. J. C. Braekman, D. Daloze, J. M. Pasteels
      Pages 349-378
    7. Peter Proksch, Rainer Ebel
      Pages 379-394
  6. Alkaloids in Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. R. Verpoorte
      Pages 397-433
    3. T. Schmeller, M. Wink
      Pages 435-459
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 461-486

About this book


Not since the late 1970s has a single work presented the biology of this heterogenous group of secondary alkaloids in such depth. Alkaloids, a unique treatise featuring leaders in the field, presents both the historical use of alkaloids and the latest discoveries in
  • the biochemistry of alkaloid production in plants
  • alkaloid ecology, including marine invertebrates, animal and plant parasites, and
  • alkaloids as antimicrobial and current medicinal use
. Highlights include chapters on the chemical ecology of alkaloids in host-predator interactions, and on the compartmentation of alkaloids synthesis, transport, and storage. Extensive cross-referencing in tabular format makes this volume an excellent reference.


Allelopathy biochemistry biology cell cell culture chemical ecology chemistry ecology invertebrates metabolism parasites plant plants synthesis taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret F. Roberts
    • 1
  • Michael Wink
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.University of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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