1st Edition

Environmental Pollution and Medicinal Plants

Edited By Azamal Husen Copyright 2022
    282 Pages 25 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    282 Pages 25 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    282 Pages 25 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Environmental Pollution and Medicinal Plants presents information on the impact of environmental pollution on the performance of medicinal plants at various levels including damage detection, adaptation, tolerance, and physiological and molecular responses.

    This title draws attention not only to seeking new bioactive compounds for herbal drug preparation, but also on ensuring high standards of quality through evaluation of the chemical purity of medicinal plants growing under polluted conditions. It discusses the latest trends and responses of medicinal plants, indicating their tolerance and adaptation to environmental pollution. This book also focuses on secondary metabolites, phytochemicals, and bioactive compounds associated with medicinal plants growing in contaminated conditions.

    This book will be indispensable for students and professionals working in the field of environmental pollution, medicinal plants, and herbal medicine, as well as for plant biologists, economic botanists, molecular biologists, and biotechnologists.



    • Explains the global trend of environmental pollution and its impact on medicinal herbs with the help of clear text and attractive illustrations.
    • Provides a comprehensive overview of medicinal plants and their interaction with environmental pollution in terms of damage detection, repair, acclimation, tolerance, adaptation, and physiological responses.
    • Discusses the production of secondary metabolites, phytochemicals, and bioactive compounds (used for herbal drug preparation) in medicinal plants growing in the vicinity of contamination and pollution load.
    • Highlights opportunities and future challenges in "omics" studies on medicinal plants.

    Environmental Pollution and Medicinal Plants: Damage Detection, Repair, Acclimation and Adaptation. Medicinal Plant Responses to UV-B Radiation. Production under Elevated CO2. Responses to Elevated Ozone. Impact of SO2/Acid Deposition on Medicinal Plant Growth, Active Constituents and Production. Impact of Heavy Metal Pollution. Nutrient Pollution. Impact of Industrial Waste. Water Pollution. Engineered Nanoparticles and their Impacts. Secondary Metabolites Production. Biotechnological Studies to Enhance Secondary Metabolites. Genome Editing: Challenges and Opportunities. Understanding Proteomics Research. Understanding Metabolomics Research.


    Azamal Husen served as Professor & Head, Department of Biology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia and is a Foreign Delegate at Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita, Ethiopia. He specializes in biogenic nanomaterial fabrication and application, plant responses to environmental stresses and nanomaterials at the physiological, biochemical and molecular levels, herbal medicine, and clonal propagation for improvement of tree species, and has published over 200 research articles. He is contributed to R&D projects of World Bank, ICAR, ICFRE, JBIC etc. He is on the advisory board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. Husen has been on the Editorial Board and the panel of reviewers of several reputed journals. He is a Fellow of the Plantae group of the American Society of Plant Biologists, and a Member of the International Society of Root Research, Asian Council of Science Editors, and INPST. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Plant Physiology, and a Series Editor of Exploring Medicinal Plants (Taylor & Francis Group, USA); Plant Biology, Sustainability, and Climate Change (Elsevier, USA); and Smart Nanomaterials Technology (Springer Nature, Singapore).

    Anusha Natarajarathinam, Doctorate(Northwestern Health Sciences University)

    This book explores the importance of medicinal plants and the impact of
    environmental pollution on them. With the increased environmental condition
    change, new diseases are evolving every now and then. This book will be an
    excellent source of information for different types of medicinal plants that
    can be used for different diseases without any side effects since these natural
    medicines are more like natural greens that can be eaten every day. The table
    that details the impact of sulfur dioxide on medicinal plants is one of the
    unique structural elements of the book.

    According to the author, the primary purpose of the book is to address the uses
    of medicinal plants and their adaptation to the evolving environmental
    pollution. This book covers important information that is needed for this
    current time and the book meets the objectives by giving enough references and
    illustrations. It also details how the growth of these medicinal plants is
    affected because of the changing environmental condition. This information is
    important for future generations to make sure these plants do not go extinct.

    The primary audience of this book will be herbal medicine students/herbal drug
    manufacturers. The book meets the needs of the audience. It gives ample
    examples of environmental pollution and gives an idea of how to grow herbal
    plants in a polluted environment. This author has previously published two
    books that talk about herbal medicine and traditional herbal therapy. The
    author has been in this field for a long time, which gives him the credentials
    to write this book.

    Since this book is a collection of research from various authors who specialize
    in herbal drugs, it is a great reference for anyone interested in herbal
    medicine. The book has an enormous number of references that can help give a
    detailed understanding.

    There is an enormous number of books on the topic of "herbal or medicinal
    plants." This book is unique since it is a collection of various journal papers
    that discuss the impact of environmental pollution on the survival of medicinal
    plants, and it also explains to the future generation how to grow medicinal
    plants within the changing environmental conditions. Therefore, this book will
    be very useful to herbal medicine students.


    Weighted Numerical Score: 76 - 3 Stars