Readership: Suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking related courses in natural product chemistry and biochemistry.
Richard Firn, Retired from the Department of Biology, University of York
"Thanks to a liberal supply of historical notes, personal and often sharply critical opinions and an enlivening ability to broaden the context, Richard Firn's book is thus something of a page-turner and one a latter day Sherlock Holmes might conceivably have written." - Annals of Botany
"Presented in a thought-provoking way." - Chemistry World
1: What are Natural Products?
2: The Importance of NPs in Human Affairs
3: The Main Classes of NPs - Only a Few Pathways Lead to the Majority of NPs
4: Are NPs Different from Synthetic Chemicals?
5: Why Do Organisms Make NPs?
6: NPs, Chemicals and the Environment
7: Natural Products and the Pharmaceutical Industry
8: The Chemical Interactions Between Organisms
9: The Evolution of Metabolism
10: The Genetic Modification of NP Pathways - Possible Opportunities and Possible Pitfalls