1st Edition

Bioprospecting of Ethnomedicinal Plant Resources Sustainable Utilization and Restoration

    466 Pages 16 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    The majority of modern drugs are based on phytochemicals produced from ethnomedicinal plants.This new volume provides an understanding of the importance of sustainability and bioprospecting of ethnomedicinal plants for formulating novel chemical compounds and new drugs from raw materials from plants cultivated and collected from the wild for healthcare and nutrition practices. It provides extensive information on medicinal plant diversification, cultivation techniques, biotechnological approaches, and modern and traditional usages. It also provides information for developing new strategies and formulating new policies for the systematic management and conservation of medicinal resources for future use.

    1. Bioprospecting of Ethnomedicinal Plants: Basic Issues

    Thadiyan Parambil Ijinu and Palpu Pushpangadan

    2. Ethnomedicinal Plants: Medicine and Nutrition for Future Generation

    K. Abha Manohar, N. N. Shahina, Biplov Chandra Sarkar, Gopal Shukla, Vineeta, Subrata Das, Manendra Singh, Shiva Pokhrel, and Sumit Chakravarty

    3. Medicinal Plant-Based Agroforestry Systems

    Pradip Kumar Sarkar, Mahesh Kumar Dhakar, Bikash Das, Bapi Das, Pranati Sarkar, and B. P. Bhatt

    4. Plant Bio-Actives from Agroforestry Systems in Improving Livestock Health, Production, and Methane Mitigation

    Avijit Dey, P. C. Lailer, S. S. Dahiya, and L. A. Gonzalez

    5. Ethnobotany: Benefits, Research, and Development

    Sumit Chakravarty, Sajitha Siril, N. N. Shahina, Saroj Biswakarma, Manendra Singh, Subrata Das, Gopal Shukla, Vineeta Pandey, Jahangeer A. Bhat, and Rainer W. Bussmann

    6. Problems and Prospects of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants with Special Reference to Coordinated Research in India under ICAR

    Satyajit Roy, K. A. Geetha, and R. Nagaraja Reddy

    7. Important Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh: Uses and Prospects

    Md. Azizul Hoque and Md. Masud Karim Prodhan

    8. Some Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants of the Indian Himalayan Region with Ethnomedicinal Use

    Sutapa Kumar (Rai)

    9. Use and Preference of Medicinal Plants Among Forest Fringe Indigenous Communities in Eastern Sub-Himalayan Region: A Case Study

    Subhrajyoti Panda, Yanglem Lakshimai Devi, and Pravat Kumar Pal

    10. A Directory of Ethnomedicinal Plants of Reang Ethnic Community in Northeast India

    Nazimur Rahman Talukdar, Rofik Ahmed Barbhuiya, Parthankar Choudhury, and Firoz Ahmed

    11. Sacred Groves: In Situ Conservation of Ethnomedicinal Plants

    Kuntal Narayan Chaudhuri

    12. Medicinal Agroforestry System: The Way Towards Conservation

    Dhiraj Kumar, Rajendra Prasad, Sangram Chavan, Asha Ram, Inder Dev, Ashok Shukla, and Prashant Singh

    13. Utilization and Ethnomedicinal Value of Indigenous Green Leafy Vegetables Commonly Consumed in Northern Districts of West Bengal, India

    Anjali Sharma

    14. Stevia rebaudiana (Bert).: A Natural Sweetener

    Kasireddy Sivasankarreddy, Bablu Paul, Gopal Shukla, and Hossain Ali Mondal

    15. Traditional and Pharmacological Values of Oroxylum indicum

    T. Kalaivani, N. Kanagam, and C. Rajasekaran

    16. Livelihood Improvement through Turmeric in Eastern Himalayan Foothills of West Bengal, India

    Sayan Chowdhury, Kumaresh Pal, Rosalin Laishram, Srinjoy Ghosh, Dipa Kundu, Tata Raghu, Litan Das, Prithusayak Mondal, Goutam Kumar Pandit, Nandita Sahana, and Somnath Mandal

    17. Malaxis acuminata: An Important Ingredient of Ashtavarga

    Bandan Thapa, Pushkar Sharma, and Sumita Pradhan

    18. Utilization of Rice Genetic Resources for Nutritional and Medicinal Benefits

    Lakshmi Hijam, Rupsanatan Mandal, Moumita Chakraborty, and Bilin Maying

    19. Pest and Diseases of Some Commercial Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Their Management

    Rakesh Pandey and Satyajit Hembram

    20. Changing Marketing Scenario of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India

    Md. Shamsher Ahmad, Md. Wasim Siddiqui, M. P. Devi, S. Eda, and P. K. Paul


    Gopal Shukla, PhD, is Professor in Forestry at North Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya, India.Before joining as Professor, he was working as Senior Assistant Professor in Forestry at Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal, India. With teaching and research experience of more than 12 years, he has worked on projects for the National Agricultural Innovation Project (ICAR), National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (ICAR), and others. He has published many research papers and book chapters as well as eight books.

    Jahangeer A. Bhat, is associated with the Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership at Piramal University, Mumbai, India. He was earlier associated with the College of Horticulture and Forestry at Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, India, and with the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at Fiji National University, Republic of Fiji Islands. His research work in India and Fiji Islands spans 12 years on issues in forestry, including conservation of biodiversity, traditional knowledge of plants, and sustainable management of forest resources.

    A. P. Das, is retired as Professor of Botany at the University of North Bengal (NBU), West Bengal, India. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Botany at Rajiv Gandhi University, India. He has published over 200 research papers as well as several books. His previous roles include Head, Botany Department; Director, Centre for Life Science; Coordinator, Department of Biotechnology; and Head, Department of Tea Science at NBU. Dr. Das established the East Himalayan Society for Spermatophyte Taxonomy in 2007 and initiated the publication Pleione. He has also developed the NBU Garden of Medicinal Plants and the NBU Herbarium.

    Sumit Chakravarty, is Professor and Head of the Department of Forestry, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal, India. With over 20 years of experience in forestry training, research, and development, he has published many research papers and book chapters, as well as eight books. He has 15 research projects on forest ecology, medicinal plants, and agroforestry. He has successfully completed 15 research projects on forest ecology, medicinal plants, and agroforestry. He has trained more than 50 master and doctoral students in the field of forestry.