Botantical miracles : chemistry of plants that changed the world
- Raymond Cooper, Jeffrey John Deakin.
- Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 
- Physical description
- xix, 252 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction Aims and Purpose Importance and Role of Natural Products Organic Chemistry Medical Marvels Introduction Central America's Humble Potato! Europe Solves a Headache! Emergence of Aspirin Attacking Malaria: A South American Treasure (but Not Gold) and a Chinese Miracle A Steroid in Your Garden Africa's Gift to the World Saving the Pacific Yew Tree Modern Miracles of Foods and Ancient Grains Introduction Rediscovering Traditional Grains of the Americas: Chia and Quinoa Foods of the Fertile Crescent: Ancient Wheat Asian Staple: Rice Chinese Cordyceps: Winter Worm, Summer Grass Garlic and Pungent Smells Beverages Introduction Tea: From Legend to Healthy Obsession! Cocoa (Cacao): Food of the Gods Coffee: Wake Up and Smell the Aroma! Maca from the High Andes in South America Euphorics Introduction Morphine: A Two-Edged Sword Cannabis and Marijuana Coca and Cocaine Tobacco: A Profound Impact on the World Exotic Potions, Lotions and Oils Introduction A Plant from the East Indies: Camphor Biblical Resins: Frankincense and Myrrh European Lavender Global Aloe Colorful Chemistry: A Natural Palette of Plant Dyes and Pigments Introduction Our World of Green Plants: Human Survival Saffron and Carotenoids: Yellow and Orange Dyes Woad (Isatis tinctoria) and Indigo Red Dyes from Henna, Dyer's Bugloss and Madder Reversible Colors in Flowers, Berries and Fruit.
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- Publisher's Summary
As the shortcomings of purely synthetic approaches to biochemical discovery and development are becoming more apparent, a renaissance of interest in the chemistry of natural products as sources for new compounds is occurring. A unique approach to natural products chemistry, Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants That Changed the World relates applications of plant extracts to the historical progress of civilization. It focuses on selected plants from around the world, connecting their stories and properties to the development of modern marvels such as medicinal compounds, nutrition products, beverages, perfumes and organic pigments. Each chapter describes a particular group of plant extracts from various perspectives, including their chemistry, interest and value to man and historical background. The ends of the chapters pose challenging questions. Introducing plants that are emerging into more prominent roles in human life and addressing current challenges, Botanical Miracles presents a fascinating point of entry to the chemistry of important natural products. It examines plants and their extracts through the key functional groups, building blocks and concepts of organic chemistry. This book provides, in a single source, information and learning opportunities of value to a wide range of individuals involved in the fields of chemistry, medicine, nutrition or cosmetics whether they be students, educators, researchers or those who simply wish to extend their horizons.
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- Publication date
- "A CRC title."
- 9781498704281 (alk. paper)
- 149870428X (alk. paper)
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