Biology of Floral Scent

Biology of Floral Scent

by Natalia Dudareva, Dudareva Dudareva
     
 

ISBN-10: 0849322839

ISBN-13: 9780849322839

Pub. Date: 03/24/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As with nearly all living creatures, humans have always been attracted and intrigued by floral scents. Yet, while we have been manufacturing perfumes for at least 5000 years to serve a myriad of religious, sexual, and medicinal purposes, until very recently, the limitation of our olfactory faculty has greatly hindered our capacity to clearly and objectively measure

Overview

As with nearly all living creatures, humans have always been attracted and intrigued by floral scents. Yet, while we have been manufacturing perfumes for at least 5000 years to serve a myriad of religious, sexual, and medicinal purposes, until very recently, the limitation of our olfactory faculty has greatly hindered our capacity to clearly and objectively measure scent. Today, thanks to advances in practical methodologies and affordable instrumentation, we are now able to collect, separate, and identify volatile compounds with aromatic impact. These advances are leading to much intensive investigation that has already resulted in many highly insightful and useful discoveries.

Biology of Floral Scent provides the first comprehensive treatment of the biology of floral scents. It reviews the impressive research being done across several disciplines, incorporating molecular biology, enzymology, chemistry, entomology, genetic engineering, and functional genomics. Organized into a single volume for the first time, this landmark work covers every major aspect of floral scent research including-

  • Function and significance in the interactions between plants and pollinators
  • Composition and enzymology
  • Evolutionary aspects
  • Commercial applications, including the use of recently identified scent genes to genetically engineer flowers to produce new scents

    Meeting the needs of plant scientists, cell and molecular biologists, natural product chemists, pharmacognosists, and entomologists, as well as students in these fields, this work provides the background, findings, and insight that will stimulate new research to further advance an understanding of floral scent biology.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780849322839
    Publisher:
    Taylor & Francis
    Publication date:
    03/24/2006
    Pages:
    360
    Product dimensions:
    16.00(w) x 23.60(h) x 2.60(d)

    Table of Contents

    CHEMISTRY OF FLORAL SCENT
    Detection and Identification of Floral Scent Compounds; Dorothea Tholl and Ursula S.R. Röse
    The Chemical Diversity of Floral Scent; Jette T. Knudsen and Jonathan Gershenzon
    BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF FLORAL SCENT
    Floral Scent Metabolic Pathways: Their Regulation and Evolution; Natalia Dudareva and Eran Pichersky
    Biosynthesis of Volatile Terpenes in the Flowers of the Model Plant; Arabidopsis thaliana; Dorothea Tholl and Eran Pichersky
    An Integrated Genomics Approach to Identifying Floral Scent Genes in Rose; Alexander Vainstein, Efrain Lewinsohn, and David Weiss
    CELL BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF FLORAL SCENT
    Localization of the Synthesis and Emission of Scent Compounds
    Within the Flower; Uta Effmert, Diana Buss, Diana Rohrbeck, and Birgit Piechulla
    Examination of the Processes Involved in the Emission of Scent Volatiles from Flowers; Reinhard Jetter
    PLANT-INSECT INTERACTIONS AND POLLINATION ECOLOGY
    Relationship Between Floral Fragrance Composition and Type
    of Pollinator; Heidi E.M. Dobson
    Floral Scent and Butterfly Pollinators; Susanna Andersson
    Floral Scent and Pollinator Attraction in Sexually Deceptive Orchids; Manfred Ayasse
    Detection and Coding of Flower Volatiles in Nectar-Foraging Insects; Mikael A. Carlsson and Bill S. Hansson
    Learning-Based Recognition and Discrimination of Floral Odors; Brian H. Smith, Geraldine A. Wright, and Kevin C. Daly
    Behavioral Responses to Floral Scent: Experimental Manipulations and the Interplay of Sensory Modalities; Robert A. Raguso
    COMMERCIAL ASPECTS OF FLORAL SCENT
    Molecular Engineering of Floral Scent; Joost Lücker, Harrie A. Verhoeven, Linus H.W. van der Plas, and Harro J. Bouwmeester

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