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Sustainable Uses of Medicinal Plants

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ISBN 9781032071732
May 10, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
678 Pages 62 Color & 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sustainable Uses of Medicinal Plants and Prospects presents information on less known and underexplored medicinal plant species in various regions of the world. The book investigates current advances in medicinal plant science and includes detailed information on the use of green nanotechnology, characterization of plants, conservation, revitalization, propagation, and pharmacological activities of selected plants. A volume in the Exploring Medicinal Plants series, it collects information on less known medicinal plant species in various regions of the world for documentation profiling their ethnobotany, developments in their phytochemistry, and pharmacological activities and provides an in-depth look at some specific herbal medicines of importance, threatened and less known species and addresses sustainable utilization and conservation of medicinal plants to ensure existence and use.

Appropriate for plant and biodiversity conservation organisations, community leaders, academicians, researchers, and pharmaceutical industry personnel, the book comprises innovative works with information of what is expected to address sustainability in the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Sustainable uses of medicinal plants and prospects: a brief overview
  2. Protecting the endemism of threatened cyclotide-rich medicinal plants: The tropical African experience
  3. Traditional medicinal plant use in improving the livelihoods and well-being of Namibian communities
  4. Antiviral and Immune Boosting Potentials of Four Common Edible Flowers
  5. Characterization and docking studies of immunomodulatory active compounds from Rhododendron arboreum Sm. leaves
  6. Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practices against Viral Infections: Perspectives against COVID-19
  7. Traditional herbal remedies used in management of acute bronchitis, common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 in Southern Africa
  8. Solanum nigrum seed viability and germination and soil modulation effect on seedling emergence
  9. Indian medicinal plants and their potential against coronaviruses
  10. Scientific Evaluation and Biochemical Validation of Efficacy of Extracts and Phytochemicals from Zimbabwe: A Review of Prospects for Development of Bioproducts
  11. Sustainable agricultural practices of industrially utilized tropical medicinal plants
  12. Prospects for sustainable cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants in India
  13. The role of indigenous knowledge systems in sustainable utilization and conservation of medicinal plants
  14. Metabolomics approach: A tool for understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
  15. Can phylogenetics clear plant taxonomic confusion for conservation and sound bioprospecting?
  16. Spices as potential human disease panacea
  17. Commercialization of medicinal plants: Opportunities for trade and concerns for biodiversity conservation
  18. Ethnomedicinal and other ecosystem services provided by threatened plants: A case study of cycads
  19. Discovery of antibacterial lead compounds from three South African marine algae
  20. An endophytic Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales) strain enhances the flavonol contents of Helichrysum petiolare
  21. Ethnobotanical study of plants used for the management of diabetes mellitus in South Africa
  22. Traditional healthcare practices of herbal drugs in Uttarakhand Himalayas, India
  23. Physicochemical characterization, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities of turmeric-black cumin home-grown COVID-19 herbal mixture
  24. Medicinal plants and the challenges of climate to health security in Nasarawa State, Northwest Nigeria

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Professor Learnmore Kambizi (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa) attained his BSc degree from Cuba in 1998 before enrolling for Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Fort Hare which he completed in 2004. His PhD focussed on Ethnobotanical studies of plants used for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in South Africa. He went on to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship within the fields of Ethnobotany & Phytomedicine. This discipline enabled him to realise his passion for sustainable utilisation and conservation of medicinal plants on a local and international level. He worked as a Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in 2005 before moving to the University of the Free State, South Africa in 2007. In the same year, he was appointed by Walter Sisulu University as a Senior lecturer until 2011. He moved to Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa where he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor, a position he holds to date. In his academic journey, he has hosted 4 postdoctoral fellows and supervised 5 PhD, 16 master’s and numerous Honours students. To date he has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and presented 56 conference papers. He is a South African National Research Foundation rated researcher. Prof Kambizi has also served as a panel member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa and has received many research grants to support post graduate students and to assist communities. He also works with Traditional Medical Practitioners in collaboration with the South African Research Council as an advisor. In addition, Prof Kambizi was appointed the first Director of African Centre for Herbal Research based in Nigeria, a position he holds to date. He is a reviewer of many national and international journals. Dr. Callistus Bvenura (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa) graduated with a BSc in Natural Resources Management and Agriculture in 2006 from the Midlands State University, Zimbabwe and completed his PhD Ethnobotany from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa in 2014. He has served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Fort Hare and Tshwane University of Technology as well as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he is currently based. He has made significant contributions in the ethnobotany, conservation, phytochemistry and physiology especially of underutilised indigenous plants including leafy indigenous vegetables. He has several published research articles, book chapters and review papers in these areas and presented his findings at local and international conferences. He also has interests in product development where he has developed a probiotic sorghum beverage which has since then been commercialised and being sold in South Africa. He has also developed broiler chicken feed using indigenous and underutilised grains and insects as a source of protein. He is also a South African National Research Foundation panel expert reviewer and reviews for several local and international journals.