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  • Edited by R. M. Wallsgrove, Institute of arable Crops Research (IACR), Rothamsted, UK
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For 150 years scientists at the Rothamsted Experimental Station have studied aspects of plant nitrogen nutrition and amino acid biosynthesis. This book is the result of a meeting held to mark this century and a half of work there. The papers look at the significant progress in understanding the biochemistry of amino acids recently achieved, in the light of this history of research. Leading researchers from around the world have contributed authoritative chapters on protein amino acids, non-protein amino acids, betaines, glutathione, polyamines and other secondary metabolites derived from amino acids. As well as being essential in some animals' nutrition, these compounds can have important roles in defending against herbivores, insects and disease. An understanding of these compounds can help in devising better crop protection and production methods.

Reviews

‘… so useful for students and teachers of plant sciences who want to look beyond the basics on amino acid metabolism found in text books. For them it is highly recommended.’

G. Sandmann Source: Journal of Plant Physiology

‘The title of this symposium volume does not do complete justice to the contents, since topics covered include betaines, polyamines, cyanogenic glyocides and glucosinolates as well as amino acids … In summary, this is a valuable addition to the literature on nitrogen metabolism and at £40.00 is not unreasonable priced by today’s standards.’

Jeffrey B. Harborne Source: Phytochemistry

‘Dr Wallsgrove should be congratulated on putting together an excellent book that will be of considerable value to final year undergraduates and all research workers with an interest in the field.’

P. J. Lea Source: Annals of Botany

‘This book is recommended strongly to the workers in the area of plant sciences, especially those working in the area of nitrogen metabolism.’

N. Appaji Rao Source: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry

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