By John T. Romeo

The Phytochemical Society of North the USA held its forty-fourth annual assembly in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from July 24-28, 2004. This year's assembly was once hosted by means of the college of Ottawa and the Canadian woodland provider, nice Lakes Forestry Centre and was once held together with the foreign Society of Chemical Ecology. the entire chapters during this quantity are in line with papers awarded within the symposium entitled "Chemical Ecology and Phytochemistry of wooded area Ecosystems". The Symposium Committee, Mamdouh Abou-Zaid, John T. Arnason, Vincenzo deLuca, Constance Nozzolillo, and Bernard Philogene, assembled a world workforce of phytochemists and chemical ecologists operating essentially in northern wooded area ecosystems. It used to be a different interdisciplinary discussion board of scientists engaged on the leading edge of their respective fields. whereas each one of these scientists defy the normal labels we're familiar with, they delivered to the symposium services in phytochemistry, insect biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, botany, entomology, microbiology, arithmetic, and ecological modeling.

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