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Australian Native Plants: Cultivation and Uses in the Health and Food Industries


Series: Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times

By: Yasmina Sultanbawa (Author), Fazal Sultanbawa (Author)

396 pages, 68 b/w illustrations, 25 tables

Apple Academic Press Inc.

Hardback | Jun 2016 | #232247 | ISBN-13: 9781482257144
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Australian Native Plants: Cultivation and Uses in the Health and Food Industries provides a comprehensive overview of native food crops commercially grown in Australia that possess nutritional and health properties largely unknown on a global basis. These native foods have been consumed traditionally, have a unique flavor diversity, offer significant health promoting effects, and contain useful functional properties. Australian native plant foods have also been identified for their promising antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that have considerable commercial potential.

Australian Native Plants is divided into three parts: The first part reviews the cultivation and production of many Australian native plants (ANP), including Anise Myrtle, Bush Tomato, Desert Raisin, Davidson's Plum, Desert Limes, Australian Finger Lime, Kakadu Plum, Lemon Aspen, Lemon Myrtle, Muntries, Native Pepper, Quandong, Riberry, and Wattle Seed. It then examines the food and health applications of ANP and discusses alternative medicines based on aboriginal traditional knowledge and culture, nutritional characteristics, and bioactive compounds in ANP. In addition, it reviews the anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties of ANP and discusses food preservation, antimicrobial activity of ANP, and unique flavors from Australian native plants.

The third section covers the commercial applications of ANP. It focuses on native Australian plant extracts and cosmetic applications, processing of native plant foods and ingredients, quality changes during packaging, and storage of Australian native herbs. The final few chapters look into the importance of value chains that connect producers and consumers of native plant foods, new market opportunities for Australian indigenous food plants, and the safety of using native foods as ingredients in the health and food sectors.


Overview of Australian Native Plants
      Amanda Garner and La Vergne Lehmann

Cultivation of Anise Myrtle (Syzygium anisatum)
      Gary Mazzorana and Melissa Mazzorana
Cultivation of Bush Tomato (Solanum centrale): Desert Raisin
      L. Slade Lee
Cultivation of Davidson’s Plum (Davidsonia spp.)
      Tony Page and Margo Watkins
The Reproductive Systems of Davidson’s Plum (Davidsonia jerseyana, D. pruriens, and D. johnsonii) and the Potential for Domestication
      Frances Eliott, Mervyn Shepherd, Maurizio Rossetto, and Robert Henry
Cultivation of Desert Limes (Citrus glauca)
      Jock Douglas
Cultivation of Australian Finger Lime (Citrus australasica)
      Sheryl Rennie
Production of Terminalia ferdinandiana Excell (‘Kakadu Plum’) in Northern Australia
      Julian Gorman, Kim Courtenay, and Chris Brady
Cultivation of Lemon Aspen (Acronychia acidula)
      Rus Glover
Cultivation of Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
      Gary Mazzorana and Melissa Mazzorana
Cultivation of Muntries (Kunzea pomifera F. Muell.)
      Fazal Sultanbawa
Cultivation of Native Pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata)
      Christopher D. Read
Cultivation of Quandong (Santalum acuminatum)
      Ben Lethbridge
Cultivation of Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii)
      Rus Glover
Production of Wattle Seed (Acacia victoriae)
      Lyle Dudley

Alternative Medicines Based on Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and Culture
      Donna Savigni
Nutritional Characteristics and Bioactive Compounds in Australian Native Plants: A Review
      David J. Williams and Mridusmita Chaliha
Australian Native Plants: Anti-Obesity and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
      David J. Williams, Mridusmita Chaliha, and Yasmina Sultanbawa
Food Preservation and the Antimicrobial Activity of Australian Native Plants
      Yasmina Sultanbawa
Unique Flavors from Australian Native Plants
      Heather Smyth and Yasmina Sultanbawa

Native Australian Plant Extracts: Cosmetic Applications
      Hazel MacTavish-West
Processing of Native Plant Foods and Ingredients
      Yasmina Sultanbawa
Quality Changes during Packaging and Storage of Australian Native Herbs
      Mridusmita Chaliha
Value Chains: Making the Connections between Producers and Consumers of Native Plant Foods
      Anoma Ariyawardana, Ray Collins, and Lilly Lim-Camacho
New Market Opportunities for Australian Indigenous Food Plants
      Vic Cherikoff

Appendix: Australian Native Food Recipes

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Yasmina Sultanbawa earned a graduateship in chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, in Sri Lanka, an MSc in food science from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, and a PhD in food chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Canada. After 15 years employment at the Industrial Technology Institute in Sri Lanka, she has worked for eight years as a senior food scientist at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, the past five of which she has been a senior research fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia. Fazal Sultanbawa earned a BSc and an MPhil in agriculture and crop science from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a PhD from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, focusing on biotechnology and the mass propagation of plants using tissue and protoplast culture. For the past five years, he has been technical manager at Agrichem Pty Ltd., Brisbane, Australia, a leading international plant nutrition company, where he is responsible for developing their crop nutrition programs, R&D programs, and the conduct of field trials. He also has held senior management positions in several national and international companies.

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