Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement : Medicinal Plants, Volume 6 book cover
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Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement
Medicinal Plants, Volume 6

Edited By

Ram J. Singh

ISBN 9781420073843
Published September 15, 2011 by CRC Press
1098 Pages 27 Color & 276 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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