"Plant biochemistry is the study of the biochemistry of autotrophic organisms such as photosynthesis and other plant specific biochemical processes. The plants and higher fungi produce through their metabolism a vast variety of chemical substances. These are important for the plant itself, but also for the environment and for the recovery and use by humans. The Plant Biochemistry deals with biochemical processes of plant metabolism. The entirety of the vital processes of plants is also known as plant physiology. At its most fundamental level, the study of life is the study of chemical processes. The field of chemistry has specific disciplines that include organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Biochemistry, on the other hand, is a very broad discipline that investigates the chemical nature of life. It includes the study of the structure, chemical processes and development of biological systems in organisms at the molecular level. The practical applications of biochemistry can be seen on a daily basis in the world that surrounds you. The clothes you wear, the foods you eat and the medicines that keep you healthy have all been touched by these two disciplines.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants’ presents an understanding in the theory and experimental techniques used to probe the structures and functions of biologically important molecules. It intends to give a broad but concise overview of the several facets of plant biochemistry as well as molecular biology. It presents the latest science on the molecular mechanisms of plant life and focuses on the understanding how plants defend themselves against pathogens and abiotic stress. The handbook not only covers the basic principles of plant biology, such as photosynthesis, primary and secondary metabolism, the function of phytohormones, plant genetics, and plant biotechnology, but it also addresses the various commercial applications of plant biochemistry. Plant biochemistry is not only an important field of basic science explaining the molecular function of a plant, but is also an applied science that is in the position to contribute to the solution of agricultural and pharmaceutical problems.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants’ is well prepared for research, for teaching or service careers in the life sciences, and for graduate programs in medicine, pharmacy, health sciences and biological sciences."