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A Short History of Alkaloids

  • Michael Wink


It may be assumed that plants developed a wide variety of secondary metabolites during hundreds of millions of years of evolution as a means of defending themselves against herbivores, microorganisms, viruses, and other plants (see Chapter 11). Among the more than 50,000 natural products that are known today, over 12,000 are alkaloids.


Aristolochic Acid Papaver Somniferum Tropane Alkaloid Ibotenic Acid Diterpene Alkaloid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Wink
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  1. 1.Institute for Pharmaceutical BiologyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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