Table of contents

  1. Naila Farooq, Tasawer Abbas, Asif Tanveer, Khawar Jabran
  2. Arti Bartwal, Sandeep Arora
  3. Lyubka Koleva-Valkova, Adelina Harizanova
  4. Ahmad Nawaz, Muhammad Sarfraz, Muhammad Sarwar, Muhammad Farooq
  5. Łukasz Stępień, Justyna Lalak-Kańczugowska, Natalia Witaszak, Monika Urbaniak
  6. Dirk Selmar, Sara Abouzeid, Alzahraa Radwan, Tahani Hijazin, Mahdi Yahyazadeh, Laura Lewerenz et al.
  7. Hexon Angel Contreras-Cornejo, Lourdes Macías-Rodríguez, Ek del-Val, John Larsen
  8. Michal Goga, Ján Elečko, Margaréta Marcinčinová, Dajana Ručová, Miriam Bačkorová, Martin Bačkor
  9. Gabriel Azevedo de Brito Damasceno, Augusto Lopes Souto, Ivanice Bezerra da Silva, Alan de Araújo Roque, Márcio Ferrari, Raquel Brandt Giordani
  10. Milica Fotirić Akšić, Slavica Čolić, Mekjell Meland, Maja Natić
  11. Ahsan Hameed, Syed Ammar Hussain, Hafiz Ansar Rasul Suleria

About this book


This Reference Work is devoted to plant secondary metabolites and their evolutionary adaptation to different hosts and pests. Secondary metabolites play an important biological role in plants’ defence against herbivores, abiotic stresses and pathogens, and they also attract beneficial organisms such as pollinators. In this work, readers will find a comprehensive review of the phytochemical diversity, modification and adaptation of secondary metabolites, and the consequences of their co-evolution with plant parasites, pollinators, and herbivores.

Chapters from expert contributors are organised into twelve sections that collate the current knowledge in intra-/inter-specific diversity in plant secondary metabolites, changes in secondary metabolites during plants’ adaptation to different environmental conditions, and co-evolution of host-parasite metabolites. Among the twelve themed parts, readers will also discover expert analysis on the genetics and chemical ecology evolution of secondary metabolites, and particular attention is also given to allelochemicals, bioactive molecules in plant defence and the evolution of sensory perception in vertebrates.

This reference work will appeal to students, researchers and professionals interested in the field of plant pathology, plant breeding, biotechnology, agriculture and phytochemistry.


Defensive Metabolites Phytochemical diversity Allelochemicals Co-evolution of host-parasite metabolites Plant Defense against Herbivores Secondary metabolites in Pollination Fungus-Plant Interactions Insect-Plant Interactions Abiotic Stress Alien Plant Invasion Evolution of sensory perception Polyphenols Tannins Plant Elicitor Peptides Glycoalkaloid biosynthesis Plant secondary metabolites

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Michel Merillon
    • 1
  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst.des la Vigne et du VinUniversité de Bordeaux Inst.des la Vigne et du VinVillenave d'OrnonFrance
  2. 2.Botany DepartmentMohanlal Sukhadia University Botany DepartmentUdaipurIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76887-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2511-834X
  • Series Online ISSN 2511-8358
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