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Medicinal Plants in the Asia Pacific for Zoonotic Pandemics, Volume 1
Family Amborellaceae to Vitaceae

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ISBN 9781138482043
May 27, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
418 Pages 153 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Medicinal Plants in the Asia Pacific for Zoonotic Pandemics provides an unprecedented comprehensive overview of the phylogeny, botany, ethnopharmacology, and pharmacology of more than 100 plants used in the traditional systems of Asia and Pacific medicine. It discusses their actions and potentials against viruses, bacteria, and fungi representing a threat of epidemic and pandemic diseases, with an emphasis on the molecular basis and cellular pathways.

This book presents scientific names, the botanical classification, traditional medicinal uses, active chemical constituents, and pharmacology. This volume is a critical reference for anyone involved in the discovery of leads for the development of lead molecules or phytopharmaceutical products for the prevention or treatment of pandemic viral, bacterial, or fungal infections.

Key Features:

  • Phylogenetic presentation of medicinal plants and a chemotaxonomical rationale of antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal action.
  • Discusses chemical structure-activity relationship, pharmacokinetics, and oral bioavailability of antimicrobial principles
  • Introduces the molecular mechanism of natural products on viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
  • Contains a selection of botanical plates and useful bibliographic references
  • A useful research tool for postgraduates, academics, and the pharmaceutical, herbal, or nutrition industries.

Medicinal Plants in the Asia Pacific for Zoonotic Pandemics presents commentary sections that invite further research and reflection on the fascinating and timely subject of the development of leads or herbals from Asia-Pacific medicinal plants to safeguard humanity and other life forms against the forthcoming waves of viral, bacterial, or fungal pandemics. This is an ideal reference text for medicinal plant enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Clade Protomagnoliids 

Chapter 2. The Clade Magnoliids   

Chapter 3. The Medicithe Clade Monocots 

Chapter 4. The Clade Ranunculids 

Chapter 5. The Clade Core Eudicots 

Chapter 6. The Clade Rosids   

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Christophe Wiart, PharmD, PhD, is an associate professor of the School of Pharmacy of the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. His fields of expertise are Asian ethnopharmacology, chemotaxonomy, and ethnobotany. He has collected, identified, and classified several hundred species of medicinal plants from India, Southeast Asia, and China.

Dr. Wiart appeared on HBO’s Vice (TV series) in season 3, episode 6 (episode 28 of the series), titled "The Post-Antibiotic World and Indonesia’s Palm Bomb," April 17, 2015. It highlighted the need to find new treatments for infections that were previously treatable with antibiotics but are now resistant to multiple drugs. "The last hope for the human race’s survival, I believe, is in the rainforests of tropical Asia," said ethnopharmacologist Christophe Wiart. "The pharmaceutical wealth of this land is immense."

He currently supervises several PhD students working on the discovery of novel antibacterial, anticancer, antiinflammatory, and antioxidant agents from medicinal plants. Dr. Wiart has written several reference books on the medicinal plants of Asia.