BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL PRODUCT DIVERSITY, 21Author: By F Pietra , Universita di TrentoTrentoItaly J.E. Baldwin Robert M. Williams , Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523, USA
Publish date: May 2002
This, the most recent contribution to the Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry series, provides an integrated evaluation of the diversity of natural products in relation to biodiversity. The ongoing exploitation of biological resources, while maintaining an effective equilibrium on Earth, depends much on the conservation of biodiversity. To this end, parts one and two focus on biodiversity from all viewpoints, while explaining the link with natural products. The third section concentrates on the molecular-shape level, as a link to ecosystem and biodiversity, while the fourth section tackles actual functionalization, as a link to biodiversity at species level. Part five addresses the diversification of these resources from biotechnology and chemical technology, while the final part is concerned with maintaining natural product diversity on Earth.