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Aquatic Plants

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Namrita Lall

CRC Press

312 pages | 270 Color Illus.

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Aquatic Plants: Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Applications provides a concise description of popular aquatic plants found across the globe. The chapters of this beautifully illustrated, full color book focus on the aquatic species native to a specific continent. The book explains the distribution, ethnobotanical uses, genome sequencing, chemical compounds and biological activity of these plants. Written by a global team of experts, it addresses the cultivation and sustainable production of aquatic and wetland plants.


  • Describes the biological activity of a large collection of aquatic plants.
  • Color photographs highlight each plant’s ethnobotanical characteristics and structural formula show their chemical constituents.
  • Contributions come from leading scientists from countries including the United States, India, Mauritius, South Africa and Cyprus.

Aquatic Plants: Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Applications is a valuable resource for academics conducting research on aquatic plants, and for professionals in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries who are involved with the therapeutic applications of these plants and their sustainable usage.

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to aquatic plants

Karina Szuman

2. Aquatic plants native to Africa

Karina Szuman

3. Aquatic Plants Native to Asia and Australia

Marco De Canha

4. Aquatic Plants Native to America

Danielle Twilley

5. Aquatic plants native to Europe

Isa A. Lambrechts

6. Sustainable Production of Aquatic and Wetland Plants

Zane Coles

About the Editor

Professor Namrita Lall is truly passionate about evaluating the wonders of medicinal plants and not only concludes her findings on collating information on ethnobotanical usage, but takes it beyond proving their efficacy and eventually resulting in valuable pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical products. Prof Lall is a distinguished scientist in Medicinal Plant Science at the University of Pretoria. Prof Lall is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the field of Phytomedicine, which is reflected by her recent appointments as an adjunct Professor at the School of Natural Resources University of Missouri, USA (Dept is 1 of the top 15 in the world), a Senior Research fellow at the Bio-Tech R&D Institute, Jamaica and an adjunct faculty at JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, India. She has been placed in the Essential Science Indicators list of the top 1% of publication outputs (citations) in the discipline pharmacology and toxicology. She has international recognition for her research into the potential of medicinal plants for pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical purposes. She has made a significant contribution to the field of Medicinal Plant science. Several medicinal plants with valuable biological activities have been discovered, which led to several national and international patents. She has co-authored about 135 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and 24 book chapters. The book by Prof Lall, entitled ‘Medicinal Plants for Holistic Health and Well-being’, was published by Elsevier in 2018. Among several awards received in recognition for her work, a few are “The Order of Mapungubwe”, South Africa’s highest honor, Distinguished Young Women in Science Award, prestigious United Kingdom Royal Society/National Research Foundation award and UNESCO-L’Oréal Award for Women in Science. Prof Lall has presented numerous keynotes and plenary talks at international conferences. She has demonstrated a commitment to community development by interacting positively with traditional health practitioners and engaging them in advancing traditional medicines towards conventional pharmaceutical products.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General