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Essential Oil-Bearing Grasses

The genus Cymbopogon, 1st Edition

Edited by Anand Akhila

CRC Press

262 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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When enjoying a southeast asian soup or cup of herbal tea, we are really savoring the flavor of lemongrass. Similarly, the sweet aroma of mosquito-repelling lotions comes from the citronella oil present in them. Fine perfumes, candles, and herbal pillows with the pleasing smell of rose are often in fact scented with palmarosa. Providing an in-depth look at their history and production, Essential Oil Bearing Grasses: The genus Cymbopogon provides a comprehensive review of these economically important grasses.

A detailed examination of chemical constituents and market trends, the book explores the cosmetic, medicinal, and nutritional uses of the plant. It covers the botany, taxonomy, chemistry, and biogenesis of the oils, and their extraction and analytical methods, biotechnology, storage, legislation, and trade. Highlighting industrial uses for the grasses in this genus, the book also includes coverage of the physiological and ecophysiological considerations. It presents a comprehensive overview of most of the cultivated and wild species of cymbopogons.

Featuring contributions from a team of international experts, the book describes the considerable ethno-botanical, phytochemical, and pharmacological knowledge associated with the multidimensional uses of the oils. It provides a complete industrial profile that includes market size, geographical sources, export and import data, and industry uses. Its pages offer an invaluable resource for research, cultivation, marketing, or product development of Cymbopogon.

Reviews

The book is valuable (apart from its significance as a valuable monography for university biologists) for recipients representing spheres of activity such as food, chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

—G. Marszalkowski (Warszawa), in Acta Physiol Plant, 32:613, 2010

The book will be most appreciated by the technically inclined—it is far from being any sort of aromatherapy book for the lay person … a great chemistry-bench reference book and a scrupulous analytical tool for the laboratory.

—Mindy Green, RA, RH (AHG), President, Green Scentsations Consulting, Minneapolis, MN in Herbalgram, July 2010

The audience for this book appears to be the industrial users of extracts of lemon grass, the overall common name applied to this genus of tropical grasses. … References cited are extensive. A great deal of technical information on the chemistry of the compounds is presented and the chapters are rife with structural formulae. In addition to chemistry, there are chapters on toxicology, trade, and harvest.

—Lytton John Musselman, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, in Plant Science Bulletin, 2010

Table of Contents

Botany, Including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, C.M. Bertea and M.E. Maffei

Introduction

Anatomy

Biochemistry

Molecular Biology

Physiology and Ecophysiology

References

Chemistry and Biogenesis of Essential Oil from the Genus Cymbopogon, A. Akhila

Inroduction

Chemistry and Biogenesis of Essential Oil from Cymbopogons

Physicochemical Characteristics of the Essential Oils from Cymbopogons

Chemistry and Uses of Cymbopogon Essential Oils

References

The Cymbopogons: Harvest and Postharvest Management, A. K. Pandey

Introduction

Lemongrass

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii var. motia (Roxb.) Wats.)

Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus Jowitt)

Jamrosa (Cymbopogon nardus Rendle)

Conclusion

References

Biotechnological Studies in Cymbopogons: Current Status and Future Options, A.K. Mathur

Introduction

Cymbopogon: The Aromatic Genus

Biotechnological Studies in Cymbopogons

Future Options in Biotechnology of Cymbopogons

Conclusion

References

The Trade in Commercially Important Cymbopogon Oils, R. Tiwari

Introduction

Citronella Oil

Lemongrass Oil

Palmarosa Oil

References

In Vitro Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities of Some Cymbopogon Species, W. Khunkitti

Introduction

Factors Affecting Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils

In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Some Cymbopogon Species and Their Major

Summary

References

Thrombolysis-Accelerating Activity of Essential Oils, H. Sumi and C. Yatagai

Introduction

Test I

Test II

Test III

Test IV

Summary

Acknowledgments

References

Analytical Methods for Cymbopogon Oils, A. Bighelli and J. Casanova

Introduction

Methods for EO Analysis: A Summary

Analysis of Cymbopogon Oils

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

References

Citral from Lemongrass and Other Natural Sources: Its Toxicology and Legislation, D.A. Moyler

Introduction

Uses and Dose Rate

Natural Sources

Manufacturing Methods

Analysis Methods

Toxicology

Classification and Labeling

Safety Data Sheets

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

References

Other Sources

Index

About the Editor

Akhila\, Anand

About the Series

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants - Industrial Profiles

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI011000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCI086000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TEC012000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Food Science