Serotonin and Melatonin: Their Functional Role in Plants, Food, Phytomedicine, and Human Health highlights the significance of the plant sources of serotonin and melatonin in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and food science. Over the last few decades, an enormous amount of research data has been generated on these two neurotransmitters/plant signalers. This book covers topics regarding the occurrence of serotonin and melatonin in medicinal plants and food value plants with their implications for human health, the role of serotonin and melatonin in plant growth development, functions of melatonin and serotonin in the environmental adaptation of plants, and the implications of these molecules in human disorders and treatments. This volume should appeal to scientists and other professionals engaged in basic and applied research on the relevance of serotonin and melatonin to plants, animals, and humans.
- Reviews the global scientific literature and the experimental data of the authors on the occurrence of serotonin and melatonin in medicinal and food value plants and its implications for human health
- Explains in detail the role of serotonin and melatonin in plant growth development
- Helps in understanding the complex functions of melatonin and serotonin in the environmental adaptation in plants
- Discusses the importance of the development of transgenic plants with high amounts of serotonin and melatonin.
- Describes the current understanding of serotonin and melatonin in human disorders, and also their relevance in the treatment of specific health conditions.
- Written by acknowledged experts from across the world
Table of Contents
Phyto-serotonin and Phyto-melatonin: Occurrence, Plant Growth and Development, Environmental Adaptations. Horticultural and Agricultural Aspects. Medicinal Plants: Occurrence and Efficacy in Humans. Food: Occurrence and Dietary Implications. Human Health: Brain, Behavior, Neurological Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Depression. Receptors, Transporters, and Signaling.
"Despite the book’s size, the editors and publisher have kept the text accessible by adhering to a common format throughout. Each review chapter was written to stand alone and all 36 chapters include lists of contents and abbreviations, abstract, keywords, and reference section in addition to the main text. The book is organized logically, beginning with basic information about discoveries and derivations of serotonin and melatonin, continuing with contemporary approaches for detecting these two indoleamines, and ending with prevailing hypotheses and future directions for basic and applied research into linkages between plants and human health. The editors appear to have accomplished their stated aim, namely, to consolidate existing understanding of serotonin and melatonin biosynthesis."
-- Wendy L. Applequist, Book Review Editor for Economic Botany.