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On the book: Ostroumov S.A. Introduction to Biochemical Ecology.

Moscow University
Press, 1986.

http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sergei_Ostroumov/blog/4575_Biochemical_Ecolog
y;

Biochemical Ecology.

Many natural products were described, especially secondary metabolites, that have
biological effects on a broad range of organisms. Some of them have a commercial
importance as crop protection agents [1], and as pharmaceuticals.

There was a publication (a book) which formulated the principles and basic concepts
of biochemical ecology were formulated and analyzed [2]. The book analyzed, inter
alia, the ecological roles of natural and man-made chemicals. Inter alia, some
problems of chemical communication and regulation in natural populations and
ecosystems, environmental toxicology and chemistry. Ecological functions of
secondary metabolites of bacteria, fungi, algae, plants, invertebrates and
vertebrates.

The abstract of the book [2]:

[book: Ostroumov S.A. Introduction to Biochemical Ecology. 1986. Moscow. Moscow
University Press. 176 p. Figures, tables. Bibliogr.: pp. 168-174. [Analyzed: Ecological
roles of natural and man-made chemicals. Inter alia, some problems of chemical
communication and regulation in natural populations and ecosystems, environmental
toxicology and chemistry and QSAR. Ecological functions of secondary metabolites of
bacteria, fungi, algae, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. There are no other books
on biochemical ecology in the international literature that analyzes so broad diversity
of data on metabolites of various taxons. Published reviews indicated that the book
broke a fresh ground and extended the frontiers of ecology. The new concepts
suggested: ecological chemomediators and ecological chemoregulators in
ecosystems].

The book got a positive evaluation in several published reviews [3] . The book
contributed to the conceptual framework and theoretical basis for advances in the
areas with the key words, inter alia: pharmacology, pest management, new
pesticides, including herbicides; allelopathy in terrestrial and aquatic environments;
sustainable agriculture and forestry; biocontrol agents; phytochemicals, bioactive
agents; natural pesticides; biopesticides; biologically active; terpenoids; biocidal;
pyrethroids; insecticidal; antifungal; herbicidal; agents; algicidal; isoprenoids;
alkaloid; toxicants; toxic; phytotoxins, pharmaceutical; allelopathic potential;
bioassay; blue-green, green, alga; algae; cyanobacteria, pathogenic; agrochemical;
biocide; mutagenicity; phytotoxic; ichthyotoxic, phytoplankton; secondary;
metabolism; metabolite; integrated, weed, management, biological, testing,
glycosides, growth inhibition, inhibitory, feeding, phenolic, chemical defense,
antimicrobial, pathogen; infochemicals; chemical communication;

This book was translated into Polish [4] and Bulgarian [5] languages.

A relevant recent paper was published [6]. It covers the trends in research that
include studies of the role of chemical substances in interorganismal interactions, in
communication and regulation of supraorganismal systems. Another part of
biochemical ecology is the studies of the fate and transformation of external chemical
substances when they interact with the organisms. Both natural and man-made
compounds are interesting for biochemical ecology. The basic concepts of
biochemical ecology include the new concepts and terms. The author suggested
using new terms, ecological chemomediators and ecological chemoregulators. Since
recently they have already been included in the body of modern conceptions and are
in use in modern ecological literature. Application of biochemical ecology to aquatic
ecosystems creates the basis for development of biochemical hydrobiology.

Also, some relevant materials for university education were published [7-9].
Currently, the book [2] is included in the lists of recommended literature in several
universitites of at least 6 countries.

Many new natural chemicals were discovered after those publications. Some novel
bioactive natural products were found by many authors. A series of relevant
publications was published, e.g., by Stephen Duke (USDA-ARS, U.S.A.).

References:

1. L. Copping, S.O. Duke. Natural products that have been used commercially as crop
protection agents. - Pest Management Science. 63: 524-554 (2007);

S.O.Duke et al. U.S.Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service research
for pest management. - Pest Management Science. 59 : 708 - 717 (2003).

Also, see other publications by those authors, their co-authors, and other researchers
in the field.
2. S.A.Ostroumov. Introduction to Biochemical Ecology. 1986. Moscow. Moscow
University Press. 176 p. Figures, tables. Bibliogr.: pp. 168-174.

3. Published reviews of the book 'Introduction to Biochemical Ecology':

Priroda (Nature). 1987. No. 1. p.125.

Professor Telitchenko M.M. Review of the book 'Introduction to Biochemical Ecology'.
– Bulletin of Moscow University. Ser. 16. Biology. 1986. No. 4. P. 58.

Prof. Stavskaya S.S. // Physiology and biochemistry of cultivated plants. 1988. v. 20,
No. 1. p. 99 - 100;

Prof. Pokarzhevsky А.D., Semenova N.L. // Ecology. 1988, No. 2, p. 89 - 90. - Review;

Prof. Sokolov М.S. // Аgrochemistry. 1987, No. 7, p. 135-136;

Prof. Gusev М.V. (Dean, School of Biology, Moscow Univ) // Plant Physiology. V. 35.
No. 2, p.412 - 413;

Prof. Dubinin N.P. (Full Member, Acad.Sci.) // Izvestia Acad. Sci. Ser. Biol. (Bulletin of
Acad. Sci. Biological series). 1988, No. 1. p. 799 - 800;

Prof. B. Stugren. Introduction to Biochemical Ecology by S.A. Ostroumov (a review) //
Studia Univ. Babes-Bolyai. Biologia. 1987. N 2. P. 96 – 97 (in English).

Dr. E. Symonides // Wiadomosci Ecologiczne, V. 33. No. 2. P. 199-201; Review // J.
General Biology. 1989. V. 50. No. 3, p. 429.

4. Ostroumow S. A. Wprowadzenie do ekologii biochemicznej. [=Introduction to
Biochemical Ecology] Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN [= PWN Press], 1992.
205 pages [translated from Russian by J. Kurylowicz = tł. z jęz. ros. Jerzy Kuryłowicz]
ISBN-13: 9788301104542. ISBN-10: 8301104546. [in Polish language; the book is
recommended and used at several Polish universities, including: The Technical
University of Lodz (Politechnika Łódzka); The Jan Kochanowski University of
Humanities and Sciences in Kielce; University of Wrocław; University in Bialymstok
(Uniwersytet w Bialymstoku); University in Opole (Wydział Przyrodniczo – Techniczny
Uniwersytetu Opolskiego); Akademia im. Jana Długosza, Instytut Chemii i Ochrony
Środowiska, Częstochowa; Uniwersytet Kardynala Stefana Wyszynskiego, Warsaw;
and other universities].

5. Ostroumov, Sergei. Uvod v Biokhimichnata Ekologia (=Introduction to Biochemical
Ecology). Nauka i Izkusstvo (Science and Art) Press. Sofia. 1990. 155 p., fig., tab.
Bibliogr.: pp.146-152 (in Bulgarian).

6. Ostroumov S.A. On the concepts of biochemical ecology and hydrobiology:
Ecological chemomediators. - Contemporary Problems of Ecology, 2008, Volume 1
(2), p. 238-244 [publisher MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica, distributed by Springer
Science+Business Media LLC. ISSN 1995-4255 (Print) 1995-4263 (Online)] DOI
10.1134/S1995425508020100; www.getcited.org/pub/103448435 ;
http://www.springerlink.com/content/e58651u631313465/;

This paper was translated into English from the paper:

On concepts of biochemical ecology and hydrobiology: ecological chemomediators. -
Siberian Ecological Journal (Sibirsky Ekologichesky Zhurnal). 2006. - 13, No.1. - P. 73-
82. Bibliogr. 32 refs. [ = Siberian Journal of Ecology = Sibirskiy ekologicheskiy
zhurnal; ISSN 0869-8619;

http://www.sibran.ru/English/SECJE.HTM

7. The program of the lecture course. Introduction to Biochemical Ecology //
Ecological Studies, Hazards, Solutions, 2001. 5: 122-124. Bibliogr. 11 refs. The
program of the lecture course. Ecology of Water Self-Purification // Ecological Studies,
Hazards, Solutions, 2001. 5: 124-125. Bibliogr. 13 refs.;

8. Syllabus of a new lecture course 'Introduction to biochemical ecology' // Syllabuses
of lecture courses (Programmi spetzkursov). Moscow: Moscow State University. 2002.
P.123-125 [the new innovative course developed];

9. Ecology and Hydrobiology. Curricula of Lecture Courses. Moscow. MAX Press. 2005.
VI + 36 p. The collection of curricula of several lecture courses including: General
Biochemical Ecology; Introduction to Biochemical Ecology of Drinking Water and
Human Nutrition. Of interest to professors and students in various fields of ecology,
life science, environmental science, limnology, medicine, sciences on the biosphere,
protection, and sustainable use of biological, aquatic biological and water resources.
(Diploma of the Academy of Aquatic Sciences, awarded in 2006).