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New book by Turner and colleagues

March 19, 2007

New book by Turner and colleagues

Inositol phosphates are a group of organic compounds found widely in the natural environment

STRI staff scientist Benjamin Turner and colleagues Alan E. Richardson from CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra, Australia, and Edward J. Mullaney, of the US Department of Agriculture in New Orleans edited the book: Inositol phosphates: Linking agriculture and the environment, published by Cab International, Oxfordshire, UK and Cambridge, MA.

Inositol phosphates are a group of organic compounds found widely in the natural environment. They are important in agriculture because they constitute most of the phosphorus in grain seeds, but they cannot be digested by some animals. As a result, considerable research has been directed towards improving the digestibility of inositol phosphates in animal diets.

Written by leading experts, this book brings together critical reviews on inositol phosphates in agriculture, ecology, and the environment. The sixteen chapters cover a diverse range of topics, including the synthesis and hydrolysis of inositol phosphates, their role in animal nutrition, and their fate in soils and aquatic ecosystems. It will prove valuable to a wide readership in the agricultural and biological sciences, and will serve as a unique reference source on this emerging topic.

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