About this series
This series provides a platform for essential information on plant metabolites and phytochemicals, their chemistry, properties, applications, and methods.
By the strictest definition, phytochemicals are chemicals derived from plants. However, the term is often also used to describe the large number of secondary metabolic compounds found in and derived from plants. These metabolites exhibit a number of nutritional and protective functions for human wellbeing and are used e.g. as colorants, fragrances and flavorings, amino acids, pharmaceuticals, hormones, vitamins and agrochemicals.The series offers extensive information on various topics and aspects of phytochemicals, including their potential use in natural medicine, their ecological role, role as chemo-preventers and, in the context of plant defense, their importance for pathogen adaptation and disease resistance. The respective volumes also provide information on methods, e.g. for metabolomics, genetic engineering of pathways, molecular farming, and obtaining metabolites from lower organisms and marine organisms besides higher plants. Accordingly, they will be of great interest to readers in various fields, from chemistry, biology and biotechnology, to pharmacognosy, pharmacology, botany and medicine. The Reference Series in Phytochemistry is indexed in Scopus.