Plant biochemistry biochemistry, science concerned chiefly with the chemistry of biological processes; it attempts to utilize the tools and concepts of chemistry, particularly organic and physical chemistry, for elucidation of the living system. .
Bowsher, Caroline et al.
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Taking an ecological approach that roots plant biochemistry in the context of the whole plant and its environment, Bowsher (plant science and biology, U. of Manchester) and other UK scientists introduce processes unique to plants and those shared with other organisms. Excluding topics typically covered in introductory texts, (e.g., DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. and protein structure, mechanisms of gene expression), they review current theories and research on such topics as metabolic pathways, photosynthesis, the role of carbohydrate carbohydrate, any member of a large class of chemical compounds that includes sugars, starches, cellulose, and related compounds. These compounds are produced naturally by green plants from carbon dioxide and water (see photosynthesis). metabolism in higher plants, and major classes of plant compounds. Chapters for those studying plant biochemistry at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level include diagrams of biochemical bi·o·chem·is·try
1. The study of the chemical substances and vital processes occurring in living organisms; biological chemistry; physiological chemistry.
2. interactions, boxed information on basic and interesting applied aspects, further reading, and color plates.
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