Algal Chemical Ecology by Charles D. Amsler

By Charles D. Amsler

Yet one other Springer world-beater, this can be the 1st ever e-book dedicated to the chemical ecology of algae. It covers either marine and freshwater habitats and all kinds of algae, from seaweeds to phytoplankton. whereas the booklet emphasizes the ecological instead of chemical facets of the sector, it does comprise a different introductory bankruptcy that serves as a primer on algal average items chemistry.

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1978) and udoteal (Fig. 7b) found in Udotea sp. (Paul et al. 1982a). These enolate esters are often referred to as “masked aldehydes” because they can be enzymatically hydrolyzed to aldehydes (Paul and Van Alstyne 1992); they are occasionally found in their aldehyde state, as is the case for halimedatrial (Fig. 7c) from Halimeda sp. (Paul and Fenical 1983). Although not as prevalent, other terpenoid motifs have been reported, such as the norcycloartene triterpenoid (Fig. 7d) from Tydemania expeditionis (Paul et al.

System, see text for details): Pachydictyol A inhibits the sea South-west Asia, South-east Asia, Australia and urchin A. , South-west Asia, Asia, South-east urchin species, the amphipod Ampithoe longimana, and the Asia, and Australia and New Zealand pinfish L. rhomboides (Bolser and Hay 1996). Pachydictyol A, dictyol B acetate, dictyol E, and dictyodial, also obtained from the same specimens, cause larval mortality, abnormal development, and reduced growth in bryozoans and hydroid species (Schmitt et al.

7f). The isoprene side chains all originate from C10 geranyl units with different 1 The Chemistry of Algal Secondary Metabolism 17 Fig. 7 Representative Chlorophyta chemistry oxidation states, some of which cyclize back onto the aromatic hydroquinone as seen in debromoisocymopol (Fig. 7g). 4 Natural Products Chemistry of Cyanobacteria and Microalgae With advances in methods of isolation and cultivation of microalgae and cyanobacteria, and the striking bioactivity of other microbial metabolites, research into the chemistry of culturable algae has escalated since the 1990s.

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