Herbicides and Plant Metabolism

Herbicides and Plant Metabolism

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This volume provides a review of the most important areas of the biochemistry of herbicide action. The introductory chapter is a review of the field of herbicide discovery, and this is followed by chapters dealing with the herbicidal inhibition of photosynthesis, carotenoid biosynthesis, lipid biosynthesis, and amino acid biosynthesis. The metabolism of herbicides is discussed with particular reference to the formation of toxic components from non-toxic chemicals, and also the inactivation of toxic chemicals as a basis for selectivity. The final chapters are concerned with mechanisms of herbicide resistance in plants and the possibility of transferring resistance to susceptible crops. The book is completed with a glossary of the most important herbicidal chemicals mentioned in the text. The volume is suitable for senior undergraduates and graduates in agriculture, horticulture, applied biology and plant biochemistry and for M.Sc. students in crop protection; it will also appeal to industrial research scientists involved in herbicide development.show more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139242350
  • 9781139242356

Table of contents

Contributors; Preface; 1. Herbicide use and invention K. P. Parry; 2. Herbicides interacting with photosystem II J. J. S. van Rensen; 3. Herbicides interacting with photosystem I A. D. Dodge; 4. Carotenoids and chlorophylls: herbicidal inhibition of pigment biosynthesis G. Britton, P. Barry and A. J. Young; 5. Herbicides inhibiting lipid synthesis J. L. Harwood, S. M. Ridley and K. A. Walker; 6. The shikimate pathway as a target for herbicides J. R. Coggins; 7. Herbicides that inhibit the biosynthesis of branched chain amino acids T. R. Hawkes, J. L. Howard and S. E. Pontin; 8. Glutamine synthetase and its inhibition P. J. Lea and S. M. Ridley; 9. Metabolism of herbicides - detoxification as a basis of selectivity W. J. Owen; 10. Bioactivated herbicides M. W. Kerr; 11. Mechanisms involved in the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds P. D. Putwain and H. A. Collin; 12. Conferring herbicide resistance on susceptible crops J. Gressel; Herbicide glossary; Herbicide index; General index.show more

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"...a welcome and valuable reference on my bookshelf. Water utility microbiologists, researchers and academics alike will appreciate this book, which is good value for the money while filling a gap in the available review literature." L. I. Sly, Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more