448 pages, 150 black & white illustrations
This book is a review of the latest discoveries made through the collection, cultivation, production, processing, marketing, and commercialization of African botanicals, herbs, spices, and plants. It provides case studies on several new plants used as supplements and nutraceuticals. The text provides a background in the botany and ecology of the indigenous plants in Africa and examines products such as plant-based butters and edible oils used in foods, cosmetics, and lubricants. Gums and resins are discussed, as well as aromatic plants as sources of essential oils. The book also covers the principles necessary for sustainable cultivation and other commercialization issues.
Genetic diversity and germplasm collection: an overview. Community development sustainable collection and of African natural plant products: an overview. Models of natural products and new crop introduction: an overview. Post-harvest handling and processing: an overview. Quality control: an overview. Development of value-added products. Economic development, benefit sharing, intellectual property rights, and ownership issues: an overview.
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