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Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement

Medicinal Plants, Volume 6, 1st Edition

Edited by Ram J. Singh

CRC Press

1,098 pages | 27 Color Illus. | 276 B/W Illus.

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Medicinal Plants, Volume 6 of the Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement series summarizes landmark research and describes medicinal plants as nature’s pharmacy.


  • Examines the use of molecular technology for maintaining authenticity and quality of plant-based products
  • Details reports on individual medicinal plants including their history, origin, genetic resources, cytogenetics, and varietal improvement through conventional and modern methods, and their use in pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, nutrition, and food industries
  • Explains how to protect plants with medicinal properties from deforestation, urbanization, overgrazing, pollution, overharvesting, and biopiracy
  • Brings together information on germplasm resources of medicinal plants, their history, taxonomy and biogeography, ecology and biodiversity, genetics and breeding, exploitation, and utilization in the medicine and food industries

Written by leading international experts and an innovative panel of scientists, Medicinal Plants offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on medicinal plant genetic resources and their increasing importance in pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical industries, medicine, and nutrition around the world.

Includes eight-page color insert more than 25 full color figures

Table of Contents

Landmark Research in Medicinal Plants, Ram J. Singh

Medicinal Plants—Nature’s Pharmacy, Ram J. Singh, Ales Lebeda, and Arthur O. Tucker

Indian Traditional and Ethno Medicines from Antiquity to Modern Drug Development, Janardan Singh, Umesh C. Lavania, and Suman Singh

Medicinal Fruit Trees of Southeast Asia, Christophe Wiart

Medicinal Plants of China, Zhongzhen Zhao, Zhitao Liang, Ping Guo, and Hubiao Chen

Medicinal Plants of the Middle East, Shahina A. Ghazanfar

An Overview of the Medicinal Plants of Turkey, Munir Ozturk, Salih Gucel, Ernaz Altundag, Tuba Mert, Cigdem Gork, Guven Gork, and Eren Akcicek

An Overview of the Ethnobotany of Turkmenistan and Use of Juniperus Turcomanica in Phytotherapy, Svetlana Aleksandrovna Pleskanovskaya, Mamedova Gurbanbibi Atayevna, Munir Ozturk, Salih Gucel, and Mehri Ashyraliyeva

Medicinal Plants of Ghana, P. Addo-Fordjour, A. K. Anning, W. G. Akanwariwiak, E. J. D. Belford, and C. K. Firempong

Medicinal Plants of Australia: Melaleuca Alternifolia for the Production of Tea Tree Oil, Enzo A. Palombo

Medicinal Plants of New South Wales, Australia, Joanne Packer and Jitendra Gaikwada, David Harrington, Shoba Ranganathan, Joanne Jamie, and Subramanyam Vemulpad

Medicinal Properties of Legumes, J. B. Morris, Barbara Hellier, and J. Connett

Artemisia spp, Zohara Yaniv, Nativ Dudai, and Uriel Bachrach

Poppy: Utilization and Genetic Resources, Jenő Bernáth and Éva Németh

Ginger, K. Nirmal Babu, M. Sabu, K. N. Shiva, Minoo Divakaran, and P. N. Ravindran

Turmeric, K. Nirmal Babu, K. N. Shiva, M. Sabu, Minoo Divakaran, and P. N. Ravindran

Ginseng, Kwang-Tae Choi

Tea, A. K. A. Mandal, S. Babu, and R. S. Senthil Kumar

Coffee (Coffea spp.), Juan Carlos Herrera, Hernando A. Cortina, François Anthony, Nayani Surya Prakash, Philippe Lashermes, Alvaro L. Gaitán, Marco A. Cristancho, Z. Ricardo Acuña, and Darci R. Lima

Yacon (Asteraceae; Smallanthus sonchifolius), A. Lebeda, I. Doležalová, E. Fernández, and I. Viehmannová

Mint, Arthur O. Tucker and Sherry Kitto

Plantago ovata: Cultivation, Genomics, Chemistry, and Therapeutic Applications, Manoj K. Dhar, Sanjana Kaul, Pooja Sharma, and Mehak Gupta

Christmas Candle Senna: An Ornamental and a Pharmaceutical Plant, J. B. Morris

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.), S. K. Malhotra

Aloe vera, José Imery-Buiza

Stevia rebaudiana—A Natural Substitute for Sugar, Vikas Jaitak, Kiran Kaul, V. K. Kaul, Virendra Singh, and Bikram Singh

Ipecac—Carapichea ipecacuanha, Carlos Roberto Carvalho and Luiz Orlando de Oliveira

Myrtus communis: Phytotherapy in the Mediterranean, Munir Ozturk, Salih Gucel, Ali Celik, Ernaz Altundag, Tuba Mert, Eren Akcicek, and Sezgin Celik

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza species), Marjan Nassiri-Asl and Hossein Hosseinzadeh

Applications of Biotechnology and Molecular Markers in Botanical Drug Standardization and Quality Assurance, Kalpana Joshi, Preeti Chavan-Gautam, and Bhushan Patwardha

About the Editor

Ram J. Singh

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General