Chemistry and Bioactivity of Boswellic Acids and Other Terpenoids of the Genus Boswellia

Chemistry and Bioactivity of Boswellic Acids and Other Terpenoids of the Genus Boswellia
Author: Ahmed Al-Harrasi,Hidayat Hussain,René Csuk,Husain Yar Khan
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2018-09-19
ISBN 10: 0081024487
ISBN 13: 9780081024485
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chemistry and Bioactivity of Boswellic Acids and Other Terpenoids of the Genus Boswellia Book Review:

Exhibiting a wealth of interesting activities and novel structures, Boswellic acid and the other terpenoids of the genus Boswellia (from which frankincense is derived) are a growing source of interest for the natural product drug discovery community. Chemistry and Bioactivity of Boswellic Acids and Other Terpenoids of the Genus Boswellia presents, in a single volume for the first time, key research into their structures, synthesis and potential as starting points for the development of medicinal agents. Drawing on the authors’ expert knowledge, this volume is an interesting insight into the identification of novel compounds from endemic plant sources, and is a useful tool for all researchers involved in the discovery and development of bioactive structures from natural products. Collates key information on the underlying chemistry and activities of bioactive agents from the Boswellia species Highlights techniques applicable to the study of natural products across the globe Provides insights into the assessment of medicinal natural products with high economic potential

Biology of Genus Boswellia

Biology of Genus Boswellia
Author: Ahmed Al-Harrasi,Abdul Latif Khan,Sajjad Asaf,Ahmed Al-Rawahi
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2019-07-01
ISBN 10: 3030167259
ISBN 13: 9783030167257
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biology of Genus Boswellia Book Review:

This book provides insight into the biology and genomics of the genus Boswellia (family Burseraceae), a natural resource used for the production of frankincense, an oleo-gum resin. The Boswellia species are ecologically, medicinally, commercially and culturally important. Significantly contributing to the paucity of comprehensive literature on this genus, this volume provides a detailed discussion on the genomics, physiology and ecology of Boswellia. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including taxonomy, distribution, genetic diversity and microbiology. The production process of frankincense and its impact on the species are presented as well. In light of the recent decline of various Boswellia populations, species propagation and conservation are discussed. Plant scholars, ecologists and conservation biologists will find this book to be an important and informative reference.

Essential Oil Research

Essential Oil Research
Author: Sonia Malik
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 449
Release: 2019-06-07
ISBN 10: 3030165469
ISBN 13: 9783030165468
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Essential Oil Research Book Review:

This book highlights the advances in essential oil research, from the plant physiology perspective to large-scale production, including bioanalytical methods and industrial applications. The book is divided into 4 sections. The first one is focused on essential oil composition and why plants produce these compounds that have been used by humans since ancient times. Part 2 presents an update on the use of essential oils in various areas, including food and pharma industries as well as agriculture. In part 3 readers will find new trends in bioanalytical methods. Lastly, part 4 presents a number of approaches to increase essential oil production, such as in vitro and hairy root culture, metabolic engineering and biotechnology. Altogether, this volume offers a comprehensive look at what researchers have been doing over the last years to better understand these compounds and how to explore them for the benefit of the society.

Biological Potential and Medical Use of Secondary Metabolites

Biological Potential and Medical Use of Secondary Metabolites
Author: Ana M. L Seca,Diana Cláudia Pinto
Publsiher: MDPI
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2019-07-26
ISBN 10: 3039211870
ISBN 13: 9783039211876
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biological Potential and Medical Use of Secondary Metabolites Book Review:

Many macro and micro species, from terrestrial and aquatic environments, produce structurally unique compounds and, in many countries, still are the primary sources of medicines. In fact, secondary metabolites are an important source of chemotherapeutic agents but are also lead compounds for synthetic modification and the optimization of biological activity. Therefore, the exploitation of secondary metabolites, or their inspired synthetic compounds, offers excellent opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry. This Medicines Special Issue focuses on the great potential of secondary metabolites for therapeutic application. The Special Issue contains 16 articles reporting relevant experimental results, and an overview of bioactive secondary metabolites, their biological effects, and new methodologies that improve and accelerate the process of obtained lead compounds with regard to new drug development. We would like to thank all 83 authors, from all over the world, for their valuable contributions to this Special Issue.

Anti inflammatory Nutraceuticals and Chronic Diseases

Anti inflammatory Nutraceuticals and Chronic Diseases
Author: Subash Chandra Gupta,Sahdeo Prasad,Bharat B. Aggarwal
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 482
Release: 2016-09-26
ISBN 10: 3319413341
ISBN 13: 9783319413341
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Anti inflammatory Nutraceuticals and Chronic Diseases Book Review:

This comprehensive volume focuses on anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals and their role in various chronic diseases. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs such as steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), statins and metformin have been shown to modulate inflammatory pathways, but their long-term intake has been associated with numerous side effects. This means that there is enormous potential for dietary agents that can modulate inflammatory pathways in humans. Leading experts describe the latest research on the role of anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals in preventing and treating chronic diseases.

New Approaches to Natural Anticancer Drugs

New Approaches to Natural Anticancer Drugs
Author: Soodabeh Saeidnia
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2015-02-05
ISBN 10: 3319140272
ISBN 13: 9783319140278
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Approaches to Natural Anticancer Drugs Book Review:

This book provides an up-to-date review of recently identified natural anti-tumor compounds from various natural origins including plants, fungi, endophytic fungi and marine organisms. It also includes discussion of new areas such as biotechnology and nanoparticles. Chapters explain the challenges and developments in anti-cancer drug discovery approaches, traditional remedies for prevention and treatment of cancer, marine-derived anti-cancer compounds, and antibiotics used as anti-cancer agents, as well as different classes of terpenoids and carbohydrates, which have been the subject of discussion in this field as efficient anti-cancer candidates. This book will be a concise guide for researchers in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, students and residents in pharmacy and medicine as well as those researching phytochemistry and natural products.

Natural Products from Plants Second Edition

Natural Products from Plants  Second Edition
Author: Leland J. Cseke,Ara Kirakosyan,Peter B. Kaufman,Sara Warber,James A. Duke,Harry L. Brielmann
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 632
Release: 2016-04-19
ISBN 10: 1420004476
ISBN 13: 9781420004472
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Products from Plants Second Edition Book Review:

2008 NOMINEE The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature From medicinal, industrial, and culinary uses to cutting-edge laboratory techniques in modern research and plant conservation strategies, Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition reveals a vastly expanded understanding of the natural products that plants produce. In a single volume, this bookoffers a thorough inventory of the various types of plant-derived compounds. It covers their chemical composition, structure, and properties alongside the most effective ways to identify, extract, analyze, and characterize new plant-derived compounds. The authors examine new information on the chemical mechanisms plants use to deter predators and pathogens, attract symbiotic organisms, and defend themselves against environmental stress—insights which are key for adapting such mechanisms to human health. Along with updated and revised information from the highly acclaimed first edition, the second edition presents seven new chapters and features more than 50% new material relating to plant constituents, natural product biochemistry, and molecular biology. The book incorporates in-depth treatment of natural product biosynthesis with new collection and extraction protocols, advanced separation and analytical techniques, up-to-date bioassays, as well as modern molecular biology and plant biotechnology for the production of natural products. Unique in its breadth and coverage, Natural Products from Plants, Second Edition belongs on the shelf of interested researchers, policymakers, and consumers— particularly those involved in disease prevention, treatment, and pharmaceutical applications—who need a complete guide to the properties, uses, and study of plant natural products.

Handbook of Nutraceuticals Volume I

Handbook of Nutraceuticals Volume I
Author: Yashwant Vishnupant Pathak
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2009-11-24
ISBN 10: 9781420082227
ISBN 13: 1420082221
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Nutraceuticals Volume I Book Review:

As soon as Dr. Stephen DeFelice coined the phrase nutraceutical, product and supplement developers swung into action. Yet among the numerous books available on nutraceuticals, there is none that systematically lists, categorizes, and analyzes nutraceutical extracts and formulations in a pharmacopoeia-like manner. Handbook of Nutraceuticals, Volume 1: Ingredients, Formulations, and Applications lists information on many ingredients used in nutraceuticals, developing their formulations and applications. The book includes contributions from experts with pharmaceutical backgrounds, providing an examination of nutraceuticals from a pharmaceutical perspective. Building a foundation with coverage of historical background, definitions, and challenges, the book offers insight into nutraceutical ingredients from plant, animal, and mineral origin. It then covers the characterization of nutraceuticals’ physicochemical, analytical, pharmacological, and pharmacokinetic classification, followed by information on regulatory requirements. The book highlights applications in cardiovascular disease, bone and joint treatments, diabetes management, weight management, skin health, probiotics and prebiotics, tranquilizing medicinal plants, dietary foods, and more. Interest in new diet regimens and new products for increased health and longevity will continue to grow, giving dietary supplements an increasing amount of cupboard space in most households. With quality of content unsurpassed by many resources, the book discusses the characterization processes for nutraceuticals based on the contributors’ experience in pharmaceuticals. It then explores how those proven techniques may be applied to the development and manufacture of nutraceutical products.

Handbook of African Medicinal Plants Second Edition

Handbook of African Medicinal Plants  Second Edition
Author: Maurice M. Iwu
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 506
Release: 2014-02-04
ISBN 10: 1466571985
ISBN 13: 9781466571983
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of African Medicinal Plants Second Edition Book Review:

With over 50,000 distinct species in sub-Saharan Africa alone, the African continent is endowed with an enormous wealth of plant resources. While more than 25 percent of known species have been used for several centuries in traditional African medicine for the prevention and treatment of diseases, Africa remains a minor player in the global natural products market largely due to lack of practical information. This updated and expanded second edition of the Handbook of African Medicinal Plants provides a comprehensive review of more than 2,000 species of plants employed in indigenous African medicine, with full-color photographs and references from over 1,100 publications. The first part of the book contains a catalog of the plants used as ingredients for the preparation of traditional remedies, including their medicinal uses and the parts of the plant used. This is followed by a pharmacognostical profile of 170 of the major herbs, with a brief description of the diagnostic features of the leaves, flowers, and fruits and monographs with botanical names, common names, synonyms, African names, habitat and distribution, ethnomedicinal uses, chemical constituents, and reported pharmacological activity. The second part of the book provides an introduction to African traditional medicine, outlining African cosmology and beliefs as they relate to healing and the use of herbs, health foods, and medicinal plants. This book presents scientific documentation of the correlation between the observed folk use and demonstrable biological activity, as well as the characterized constituents of the plants.

Modern Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry

Modern Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry
Author: Ruren Xu,Yan Xu
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 808
Release: 2017-02-11
ISBN 10: 0444635955
ISBN 13: 9780444635952
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Modern Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry Book Review:

Modern Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry, Second Edition captures, in five distinct sections, the latest advancements in inorganic synthetic chemistry, providing materials chemists, chemical engineers, and materials scientists with a valuable reference source to help them advance their research efforts and achieve breakthroughs. Section one includes six chapters centering on synthetic chemistry under specific conditions, such as high-temperature, low-temperature and cryogenic, hydrothermal and solvothermal, high-pressure, photochemical and fusion conditions. Section two focuses on the synthesis and related chemistry problems of highly distinct categories of inorganic compounds, including superheavy elements, coordination compounds and coordination polymers, cluster compounds, organometallic compounds, inorganic polymers, and nonstoichiometric compounds. Section three elaborates on the synthetic chemistry of five important classes of inorganic functional materials, namely, ordered porous materials, carbon materials, advanced ceramic materials, host-guest materials, and hierarchically structured materials. Section four consists of four chapters where the synthesis of functional inorganic aggregates is discussed, giving special attention to the growth of single crystals, assembly of nanomaterials, and preparation of amorphous materials and membranes. The new edition’s biggest highlight is Section five where the frontier in inorganic synthetic chemistry is reviewed by focusing on biomimetic synthesis and rationally designed synthesis. Focuses on the chemistry of inorganic synthesis, assembly, and organization of wide-ranging inorganic systems Covers all major methodologies of inorganic synthesis Provides state-of-the-art synthetic methods Includes real examples in the organization of complex inorganic functional materials Contains more than 4000 references that are all highly reflective of the latest advancement in inorganic synthetic chemistry Presents a comprehensive coverage of the key issues involved in modern inorganic synthetic chemistry as written by experts in the field

Antifungal Metabolites from Plants

Antifungal Metabolites from Plants
Author: Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh,Mahendra Rai
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 469
Release: 2013-06-26
ISBN 10: 364238076X
ISBN 13: 9783642380761
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Antifungal Metabolites from Plants Book Review:

The goal of this book is to provide essential information on the use of different medicinal plants and their secondary metabolites for the treatment of various fungal diseases affecting human beings, animals and plants. It is divided in four parts: Part I examines the global distribution of plant-derived antifungal compounds, Part II deals with antifungal activities of plant metabolites, Part III includes plants used in Ayurveda and traditional systems for treating fungal diseases, and Part IV discusses the use of plant-derived products to protect plants against fungal diseases. ​

Phytotherapy

Phytotherapy
Author: Francesco Capasso,Timothy S. Gaginella,Giuliano Grandolini,Angelo A. Izzo
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN 10: 3642555284
ISBN 13: 9783642555282
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phytotherapy Book Review:

This richly illustrated reference guide treats the subject of herbal medicines in an integrated fashion with reference to pharmacognosy, pharmacology and toxicology. It will help to enable internists, phytotherapists, physicians, healthcare practitioners as well as students to understand why, when and how herbal medicines can be used in the treatment of diseases. A great deal of pathology and therapeutic information is also included. Numerous tables as well as figures clarify complex mechanisms and other information. The most important medicinal plants and drugs are illustrated with exceptional color plates.

Powdered Crude Drug Microscopy of Leaves and Barks

Powdered Crude Drug Microscopy of Leaves and Barks
Author: Vidhu Aeri,D.B. Anantha Narayana,Dharya Singh
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2019-11-22
ISBN 10: 0128182253
ISBN 13: 9780128182253
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Powdered Crude Drug Microscopy of Leaves and Barks Book Review:

Powdered Crude Drug Microscopy of Leaves and Barks investigates various microscopic techniques used in the examination of structural and cellular features in order to determine their botanical origin. These methods are useful in identifying species with similar morphological characters. Today, there is a variety of methods available to authenticate herbal drugs, ranging from simple morphological examination to physical and chemical analysis, and DNA molecular biology. Due to cost, powder microscopy is the most practical method for primary authentication. Botanical microscopy is a unique, valuable, rapid and cost-effective assessment tool, and plays an important role in the authentication and assessment of medicinal plants. This book is an essential resource for students and researchers involved in the study of plants and natural products, as well as professionals in industries manufacturing plant-based products for use during quality control and assurance steps. Provides a fundamental understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics of crude drugs, including photographs of herbs in their raw and powder forms. Presents specific characteristics and sub-features for identifying barks and leaves, including stone cells, calcium oxalate crystals, starch grains, medullary rays, fibres, sclereids, cork, isolated oil cells, tubular lactiferous canals, phloem parenchyma, masses, rhytidoma, parenchyma and secretory canals. Includes specific characteristics for identifying leaves, such as epidermis, stomata, trichomes, calcium oxalate crystals, fibres, cell contents, cystoliths, lamina, starch grains, tracheids, lactiferous canals and xylem vessels. Demonstrates how the specificity of characteristics for a particular bark or leaf in powder form can lead to its authentication. Features standard operating protocols for preparation of slides and lab samples using industrially operated grinders to observe general as well as distinguishing microscopical characters of barks and leaves.

Chemistry of Spices

Chemistry of Spices
Author: V. A. Parthasarathy,Bhageerathy Chempakam,T. John Zachariah
Publsiher: CABI
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1845934059
ISBN 13: 9781845934057
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chemistry of Spices Book Review:

This book (24 chapters) covers the chemistry (chemical composition and structure) of the following spice plants and their products, and provides brief information on the morphology, and postharvest management (storage, packaging and grading) of these crops: black pepper (Piper nigrum), small cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), large cardamom (Amomum subulatum), ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cassia (Cinnamomum spp.), clove, nutmeg and mace, coriander (Coriandrum sativum), cumin (Cuminum cyminum), fennel, fenugreek, paprika and chilli (Capsicum spp.), vanilla (Vanilla spp.), ajowan (Trachyspermum ammi), star anise (Illicium verum), aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), garcinia (Garcinia spp.), tamarind, parsley, celery, curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) and bay leaf (Laurus nobilis). This book will be useful to researchers, industrialists and postgraduate students of agriculture, horticulture and phytochemistry, and to spice traders and processors.

Anticancer Plants Natural Products and Biotechnological Implements

Anticancer Plants  Natural Products and Biotechnological Implements
Author: Mohd Sayeed Akhtar,Mallappa Kumara Swamy
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 564
Release: 2018-07-02
ISBN 10: 981108064X
ISBN 13: 9789811080647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Anticancer Plants Natural Products and Biotechnological Implements Book Review:

This volume provides summarized scientific evidence of the different classes of plant-derived phytocompounds, their sources, chemical structures, anticancer properties, mechanisms of action, methods of extraction, and their applications in cancer therapy. It also discusses endophyte-derived compounds as chemopreventives to treat various cancer types. In addition, it provides detailed information on the enhanced production of therapeutically valuable anticancer metabolites using biotechnological interventions such as plant cell and tissue culture approaches, including in vitro-, hairy root- and cell-suspension culture; and metabolic engineering of biosynthetic pathways. Anticancer Plants: Natural Products and Biotechnological Implements – Volume 2” explores the natural bioactive compounds isolated from plants as well as fungal endophytes, their chemistry, and preventive effects to reduce the risk of cancer. Moreover, it highlights the genomics/proteomics approaches and biotechnological implementations. Providing solutions to deal with the challenges involved in cancer therapy, the book benefits a wide range of readers including academics, students, and industrial experts working in the area of natural products, medicinal plant chemistry, pharmacology, and biotechnology.

Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals
Author: Venketeshwer Rao,Leticia Rao
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2015-09-30
ISBN 10: 9535121707
ISBN 13: 9789535121701
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phytochemicals Book Review:

Global dietary recommendations emphasize the consumption of plant-based foods for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Plants contain many biologically active compounds referred to as phytochemicals or functional ingredients. These compounds play an important role in human health. Prior to establishing the safety and health benefits of these compounds, they must first be isolated, purified, and their physico-chemical properties established. Once identified, their mechanisms of actions are studied. The chapters are arranged in the order from isolation, purification and identification to in vivo and clinical studies, there by covering not only the analytical procedures used but also their nutraceutical and therapeutic properties.

The Genus Boswellia

The Genus Boswellia
Author: Jason Eslamieh
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-03-31
ISBN 10: 9781944255473
ISBN 13: 1944255478
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Genus Boswellia Book Review:

Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine

Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine
Author: Ramesh C. Gupta,Ajay Srivastava,Rajiv Lall
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 877
Release: 2019-05-21
ISBN 10: 3030046249
ISBN 13: 9783030046248
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine Book Review:

This unique work compiles the latest knowledge around veterinary nutraceuticals, commonly referred to as dietary supplements, from ingredients to final products in a single source. More than sixty chapters organized in seven sections collate all related aspects of nutraceutical research in animal health and disease, among them many novel topics: common nutraceutical ingredients (Section-I), prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics, enzymes and antibacterial alternatives (Section-II), applications of nutraceuticals in prevention and treatment of various diseases such as arthritis, periodontitis, diabetes, cognitive dysfunctions, mastitis, wounds, immune disorders, and cancer (Section-III), utilization of nutraceuticals in specific animal species (Section-IV), safety and toxicity evaluation of nutraceuticals and functional foods (Section-V), recent trends in nutraceutical research and product development (Section-VI), as well as regulatory aspects for nutraceuticals (Section-VII). The future of nutraceuticals and functional foods in veterinary medicine seems bright, as novel nutraceuticals will emerge and new uses of old agents will be discovered. International contributors to this book cover a variety of specialties in veterinary medicine, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, toxicology, chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, drug development, regulatory frameworks, and the nutraceutical industry. This is a highly informative and carefully presented book, providing scientific insight for academia, veterinarians, governmental and regulatory agencies with an interest in animal nutrition, complementary veterinary medicine, nutraceutical product development and research.

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry
Author: J. David Rawn,Robert J. Ouellette
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 1056
Release: 2018-02-03
ISBN 10: 0128128399
ISBN 13: 9780128128398
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Organic Chemistry Book Review:

Organic Chemistry: Structure, Mechanism, Synthesis, Second Edition, provides basic principles of this fascinating and challenging science, which lies at the interface of physical and biological sciences. Offering accessible language and engaging examples and illustrations, this valuable introduction for the in-depth chemistry course engages students and gives future and new scientists a new approach to understanding, rather than merely memorizing the key concepts underpinning this fundamental area. The book builds in a logical way from chemical bonding to resulting molecular structures, to the corresponding physical, chemical and biological properties of those molecules. The book explores how molecular structure determines reaction mechanisms, from the smallest to the largest molecules—which in turn determine strategies for organic synthesis. The book then describes the synthetic principles which extend to every aspect of synthesis, from drug design to the methods cells employ to synthesize the molecules of which they are made. These relationships form a continuous narrative throughout the book, in which principles logically evolve from one to the next, from the simplest to the most complex examples, with abundant connections between the theory and applications. Featuring in-book solutions and instructor PowerPoint slides, this Second Edition offers an updated and improved option for students in the two-semester course and for scientists who require a high quality introduction or refresher in the subject. Offers improvements for the two-semester course sequence and valuable updates including two new chapters on lipids and nucleic acids Features biochemistry and biological examples highlighted throughout the book, making the information relevant and engaging to readers of all backgrounds and interests Includes a valuable and highly-praised chapter on organometallic chemistry not found in other standard references

The Medicinal Plant Industry

The Medicinal Plant Industry
Author: R. O. B. Wijesekera
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2017-07-12
ISBN 10: 1351409859
ISBN 13: 9781351409858
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Medicinal Plant Industry Book Review:

As the medicinal plant industry blooms into a billion dollar business, it reaches beyond collection, propagation, harvesting and sale of crude vegetal drugs into product formulation, packaging and dispensing of sophisticated phyto-pharmaceuticals and herbal preparations. The scientific study of these medicines and the systematic uplifting of the industry to preserve the ancient and serve the modern, is now a global challenge. The Medicinal Plant Industry puts together the various facets of this multi-disciplinary industry and its global interest. It discusses the dire need for developing countries to acquire technologies and techniques for programmed cultivation of medicinal plants. It addresses a wide variety of topics including the old philosophies, modern impact of traditional medicines, and methods of assessing the spontaneous flora for industrial utilization. It covers aspects of cultivation and climatic variations, biological assessment and formulation, process technologies, phytochemical research and information sources. The book reviews highly developed traditional medicine in China and India, and covers experiences in Africa and other continents.