Piper - A model genus for studies of phytochemicstry, ecology and evolution
Edited by Dyer, Lee A.; Palmer, Aparna
Piper is an economically and ecologically important genus of plant that includes a fascinating array
of species for studying natural history,
natural products chemistry, community ecology, and evolutionary biology. The diversification of this
taxon is unique and of great importance in understanding the evolution of plants.
Hardcover 216 pp ISBN 9780306484988
The diversity and ecological relevance of this genus makes it an obvious candidate for ecological and
evolutionary studies, but surprisingly, most research on Piper spp. to-date has focused on the more
economically important plants P. nigrum (black pepper), P. methysticum (kava), and P. betle (betel leaf).
While this book does address the applied techniques of studying Piper, its focus is more on Piper in its natural
setting. Piper: A Model Genus for Studies of Phytochemistry, Ecology, and Evolution synthesizes existing data
and provides an outline for future investigations of the chemistry, ecology, and evolution of this taxon, while
examining its key themes of Piper as a model genus for ecological and evolutionary studies, the important
ecological roles of Piper species in lowland wet forests, and the evolution of distinctive Piper attributes.
This volume has a place in the libraries of those studying or working in the fields of ecology, evolutionary
biology, natural products chemistry, invasive species biology, pharmaceutics, and ethnobotany.
Written for those studying or working in the fields of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Natural Products Chemistry,
Invasive Species Biology, Pharmaceutics, and Ethnobotany
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