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Nature's Chemicals: The Natural Products that shaped our world

Richard Firn


Natural Products (NPs) is the term used to describe the hundreds of thousands of chemical compounds or substances that are continually produced by living organisms (plants and microbes). Hundreds of millions of tons of these chemicals are generated annually, and the trade in just a few of these has dominated human economic activity for thousands of years. Indeed, the current world geopolitical map has been shaped by attempts to control the supply of a few of these compounds. Every day of our lives each human spends time and money trying to procure the NPs of their choice. However, despite thei ... More

Keywords: Natural Products, NPs, drugs, GMs, pollution, drug trafficking, evolution, ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199566839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Firn, author
Retired from the Department of Biology, University of York