Winter Term, 2001.
This list will be updated regularly as the term progresses, and
copies of the readings listed will be available on reserve for Bio 415 at
Science Learning Center (1720 Chem. Bldg.).
Leads on other information resources relating to specific topics will be given in the Reference Lists.
General/Introduction - Hess, D., l975. Plant Physiology. Springer Verlag, N.Y.
Contains a large, fairly general and readable coverage of plant constituents according to chemical group.
pp. 63-73 cover carbohydrates, pp. 99-104 terpenoids, pp. 117-118 phenols and pp. 144-146 alkaloids.
Cell Walls Taiz, L. and E. Zeiger. 1998. Plant Physiology, 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, MA
pp. 409-416, 419-422, 424,361-363, 365-367 and 439-441 provide a brief summary of the structure and functions of the cell wall.
Cuticles Taiz, L. and E. Zeiger. (1998). Plant Physiology, 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, MA
pp. 348-349 give a simple summary of the chemistry and functions of the cuticle.
Lectins Sharon, N. 1977. Lectins. Sci. Am. 236 (June) 108-.
Resins Langenheim, J. H. 1990. Plant resins. Am. Scientist 78: 16-24.
Botanical Prospecting Cannon, H. C. 1960. Botanical prospecting. Science 132: 591-598.
Inorganic toxicants Harborne, J. B., 1993. Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry. (4th ed.) Academic Press, NY. pp. 17-22 discuss plant adaptations to toxic elements in the soil and the use of plants as indicators.
Carbohyrate nutrients Schery, R. W., 1972. Plants for Man. pp. 368-382.
Vegetable oils Schery, R. W., 1972. Plants for Man. pp. 335-367.
Fat and the heart McGee, H. 1992. The Curious Cook. More Kitchen Science and Lore. pp. 193-220.
Food politics Toufexis, A. 1991. Playing politics with our food. Time, July 15, pp. 57-58.
Plant hormones Campbell, N. A. 1999. Biology, 5th edn. pp. 751-761.
Plant hormones Leopold, A. C. and L. D. Noodén. 1984. Hormonal regulatory systems in plants. Pp. 4-22 in Hormonal Regulation of Development II. Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology, N.S. Vol. 10, T. K. Scott (ed.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Toxins Kingsbury, J. M. 1980. One man's poison. BioSci. 30: 171-176. General. A very readable account of the discovery of some important plant toxins and the benefits from their study.
Toxins Kingsbury, J. M. 1964. Poisonous Plants of the United States. Prentice-Hall, Inc. pp. 17-59 survey the major groups of plant toxins.
Mushroom toxins Litton, W. 1975. The most poisonous mushrooms, Sci. Am. 232: 91-101.
Mycotoxins Ciegler, A. and J. W. Bennett. 1980. Mycotoxins and mycotoxicoses. BioSci. 30: 512-515.
Neurotoxins Simpson, B. M. and M. C. Ogorzaly. 1995. Psychoactive drugs and poisons from plants. pp. 407-445 in Economic Botany. Plants of Our World, 2nd edn.
Antibiotics pp. 240-241 and 511-512 in Alberts, B. et al. 1994. The Molecular Biology of the Cell, 3rd Edn.
Herbal medicines Anonymous. 1995 Herbal roulette. Consumer Reports 60(Nov): 698-705.
Herbal medicines Spake, A. 2001. Natural hazards. U. S. News & World Report (Feb. 12): 43-49.
Drug discovery Cox, P. A. and M. J. Black. 1994 The ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery. Sci. Am. (June): 82-87.
Plant pigments Hess, D. l975. Plant Physiology. Springer Verlag, N.Y. pp. 111-114 cover the carotenes and pp. 129-137 the flavans. This provides a concise and easy to read overview for these 2 major groups of pigments.
Flower color Harborne, J. B., 1993. Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry. (4th ed.) Academic Press, NY. pp. 36-53 discuss flower pigments and also their roles in pollination.
Flavors and feeding Harborne, J. B., 1993. Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry. (4th ed.) Academic Press, NY. pp. 162-185 discuss the chemicals that produce flavors and their role in feeding preferences.
Plant defenses Harborne, J. B., 1993. Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry. (4th ed.) Academic Press, NY. pp. 71-103 discuss the toxins and their effects on animals.
Hormonal interactions Harborne, J. B., 1993. Introduction to Ecological Biochemistry. (4th ed.) Academic Press, NY. pp. 104-127 discuss the animal hormones in plants, hormone analogs in plants and their effects on animals.