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The Biochemistry of Natural Pigments

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Part of Cambridge Texts in Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521105316

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  • In the natural world colour is obvious and its importance in advertising the presence of flowers to pollinators and in camouflage is well known. In most cases the property of colour is due to the presence in the tissues of natural pigments. But these pigments are of much greater importance than merely to give colour, e.g. the fundamental light-harvesting molecules of photosynthesis, the light-detecting molecules of vision and haemoglobin in the blood. This book describes the structures and properties of the main groups of natural pigments, their distribution in Nature, their biosynthesis and functions and their associated chemistry and biology. Industrial applications, and medical significance and uses, of certain groups of pigments are outlined and some ecological aspects of colour and pigmentation are touched upon. The book was written as a textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students and concentrates on the main features of each class of pigments and on general principles.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521105316
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Chemical and biochemical aspects:
    1. Light and colour
    2. Carotenoids
    3. Quinones
    4. O-Heterocyclic pigments - the flavonoids
    5. Tetrapyrroles
    6. Other non-polymeric N-heterocyclic pigments
    7. Melanins
    Part II. Functional Aspects:
    8. The importance of colour in Nature
    9. Pigments in vision
    10. Photosynthesis
    11. Other photofunctions of natural pigments
    Problems
    Answers
    Index.

  • Author

    G. Britton

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