Chemistry of the ingredients of plants.

Phytochemistry or plant chemistry is an interdisciplinary department between natural products chemistry, botany and pharmacy, which deals with biochemistry, isolation, investigation, characterization and structure elucidation of plant constituents (phytochemicals) and plant dyes and, inter alia, the usefulness of these compounds considered in terms of medical applications.

Further scientific work areas with similar objectives are the phytomedicine and phyto pharmaceutics.

Below you will find online available information on the subject of Phytochemistry.


General Information
Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Partial Information
Special Information
Data and Databases

General Information

Phytochemical Collection
Image Gallery: Molecular Expressions

Phytochemistry of Herbs
Information site: basic information, PDF slides etc.

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Developments in Phytochemistry
Article - Format: PDF

Article: Methods to Study the Phytochemistry and Bioactivity of Essential Oils - Format: PDF

Methods to Study the Phytochemistry
and Bioactivity of Essential Oils. Article, 2004. Phytotherapy Research - Format: PDF

Partial Information

Phytochemistry of medicinal glycosides - Format: PDF

Phytochemistry Studies
Piper: A Model Genus for Studies of Phytochemistry, Ecology, and Evolution - Format: PDF

Special Information

Adansonia digitata L.
A review of traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology - Format: PDF

Tamarindus indica L.
A review of traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology - Format: PDF

Tunisian Plants
Phytochemistry of Tunisian plants

Data and Databases

The Database provides phytochemicals, activities , structural and test target information about medicinal plants with reference to original research papers, PubMed Cental Id and PubChem structures

Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
Dr. Duke's Database, 1996 (!)

A short list of plants and its ingredients

Plants for a Future
'Plants for a future' is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses


Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
... is a Peer Reviewed Journal. Prime Focus of the Journal is to publish articles related to the current trends of research. This Journal provides the platform with the aim of motivating the students and personnel in the Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry Research

Phytochemical Analysis
... is devoted to the publication of original articles on the utilization of analytical methodology in the plant sciences. Wiley-Interscience

... is the international journal of pure and applied plant chemistry, plant biochemistry and molecular biology, published 24 times per annum. Elsevier

Phytochemistry Letters
The journal will provide for the rapid publication of 2-4 page reports on all aspects of natural products. Elsevier

Phytochemistry Reviews
Phytochemistry Reviews is an international review journal that publishes peer-reviewed papers in three issues annually. The journal examines topical issues, some of which result from meetings organized by the Phytochemical Society of Europe. Springer

Planta Medica
An International Journal of Natural Products and Medicinal Plant Research. Official Organ of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research. Thieme


Phytochemical Society of Europe
... exists to serve all those with an interest in the chemistry and biochemistry of plants and in the applications of such knowledge in industry and agriculture

Phytochemical Society of North America
Goal: to encourage and stimulate research in the chemistry and biochemistry of plant constituents, their effects upon plant and animal physiology and pathology, and their industrial importance and utilization

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Phytochemistry

Book recommendation

Monika Waksmundzka-Hajnos, Joseph Sherma, Teresa Kowalska

Thin Layer Chromatography in Phytochemistry

Thin Layer Chromatography in Phytochemistry is the first source devoted to supplying state-of-the-art information on TLC as it applies to the separation, identification, quantification, and isolation of medicinal plant components. Renowned scientists working with laboratories around the world demonstrate the applicability of TLC to a remarkable diversity of fields including plant genetics, drug discovery, nutraceuticals, and toxicology.

Part I provides a practical review of techniques, relevant materials, and the particular demands for using TLC in phytochemical applications. The text explains how to determine the biological activity of metabolites and assess the effectiveness of herbal medicines and nutritional supplements.

Part II concentrates on TLC methods used to analyze specific plant-based metabolite classes such as carbohydrates, proteins, alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenes, etc. Organized by compound type, each chapter discusses key topics such as sample preparation, plate development, zone detection, densitometry, and biodetection.

CRC; 2008

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