This volume surveys the chemistry, biochemistry, biosynthesis, metabolism and pharmacological properties of lectins. Lectins, which are most commonly found in plants, are widespread natural products with striking biological activities. Their specific ability to recognise and bind to simple or complex saccharides facilitates their role as effective information protein molecules. As agents of cell-to-cell recognition, lectins promote symbiosis between plants and specific nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria. As natural defensive molecules, they can protect plants against predators such as bacteria, fungi and insects. As part of our diet, lectins are powerful exogenous growth factors in the small intestine and influence our health, the digestive function and the bacterial ecology of the alimentary tract. Lectins are also important research tools in preparative biochemistry and cell science.
Researched by the Center for Invasive Plant Management, this identification guide highlights over 80 invasive plants that can cause economic and ecological damage to crops, range, forests, and wild lands in the West. Most of these problematic plants are non-natives that now grow in locations beyond their known historic range and are obliterating native species. Once in a new area, these plants can establish and spread, free from their natural competitors. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike. Made in the USA.
<i>Introduction to Plant Physiology</i> became the best-selling first edition plant physiology text of the 1990's! Now, we're building on the success of prior editions to provide an even more effective fourth edition. <i>Plant Physiology</i> has been praised for its excellent balance of traditional and modern topics, presented in a straightforward style, without overwhelming undergraduates with excessive detail. Its focus is on the ideas and experimental approaches in plant physiology. This is a one-semester course. It assumes that the student has had introductory biology or botany as a pre-requisite. <p>
Authoritative experts in transfusion medicine describe in critical detail the most important procedures for obtaining, selecting, and transfusing red blood cells to patients. The topics covered include such key issues as transfusion problems in the immunocompromised, the complications of autoantibodies, transfusion of infants with hemolytic disease, difficulties arising from solid organ transplantation, stem cell transfusions, and the challenges of massive transfusion. Also discussed are the use, limitations, and alternatives to autogeneic cells; long-term red cell transfusion; the management of adverse reactions to red cell transfusions; and the question of blood group antigens and their association with disease and differential diagnosis. The book offers transfusion specialists fresh insights and information to maximize and extend their current knowledge.
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