Chemistry and Significance of Condensed Tannins
This book was developed from the proceedings of the first NorthAmerican Tannin Conference held in Port. Angeles, Washington,August 1988. The objective of the conference was to bring togetherpeople with a common interest in condensed tannins and to promoteinterdisciplinary interactions that will lead to a betterunderstanding of these important substances. Anot. her objectivewas the publicat. ion of this book because there has not been amonograph devoted to the chemistry and significance of tannins forseveral decades. The book is organized into sections dealing withthe biosynthesis, structure, re actions, complexation with otherbiopolymers, biological significance, and use of tannins asspecialty chemicals. The authors made a special attempt to focus onwhat we don't know as well as to provide a summary of what we doknow in an effort to assist in planning future research. Our thanksgo to the authors who so kindly contributed chapters and so patiently responded to our requests. We also thank Rylee Geboski andthe Conference Assist. ance Staff, College of Forestry, OregonState University, for their assistance in planning and conductingt. he conference, and Julia Wilson, Debbie Wolfe, Helen Coletka,and Nancy Greene of the Southern Forest Experiment Station,Pineville, Louisiana, who typed the chapt. ers. Linda Chalker-Scottwas especially helpful in assisting us wit. h editing. DickHemingway is indebted t. o the staff of the Alexandria Forest.