Narcissus and Daffodil is the first book to provide a complete overview of the genus Narcissus. Prized for centuries in western Europe as an ornamental plant, it has recently attracted attention as a source of potentially valuable pharmaceuticals. In eastern European countries, however, Narcissus and other Amaryllidaceae have been valued as a source of galanthamine for several decades.
Presenting original research material and information not accessible outside eastern Europe, Narcissus and Daffodil contains over 1,700 references, making it an invaluable text for graduates and researchers both in academia and industry. It will be of particular importance for people working in the fields of horticulture, agriculture, medicine, pharmacology and perfume chemistry and drug manufacture.
Table of Contents
The Biology of Narcissus. The Folklore of Narcissus. Classification of the genus Narcissus. Commercial Production of Narcissus Bulbs. Economics of Narcissus Bulb Production. Alkaloids of Narcissus. Production of Galanthamine by Narcissus Tissues in vitro. Narcissus and other Amaryllidaceae as Sources of Galanthamine. Studies on Galanthamine Extraction from Narcissus and other Amaryllidaceae. Galanthamine Production from Narcissus: Agronomic and Related Considerations. Extraction and Quantitative Analysis of Amaryllidaceae Alkaloids. Synthesis of Galanthamine and Related Compounds. Compounds from the Genus Narcissus: Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology. Galanthamine: Clinical Trials in Alzheimer's Disease. Screening of Amaryllidaceae for Biological Activities: Acetylocholinesterase Inhibitors in Narcissus. Narcissus in Perfumery. Harmful Effects due to Narcissus and its Constituents. Review of Pharmaceutical Patents from the Genus Narcissus.
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