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Dictionary of Indian Plant Gums, Resins, Dyes and Related Products: Chemistry, Botany and Utilization

By: MIH Farooqi

352 pages, Col photos

Sidrah Publishers

Hardback | Dec 2008 | #174136 | ISBN-13: 9788190135221
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Dictionary of Indian Plants Gums, Resins, Dyes and Related Products is essentially a document dealing with plants of Indian origin but those products from other countries, which are traded in the international market have also been included.

The book is an omnibus of succinct information on numerous aspects of gums, resins and dyes of vegetable origin. The introduction provides a brief but very useful account of origin, chemistry and uses of vegetable gums, resins, gum-resins, starches, pectins. Inulins, Hemicelluloses, Latices, waxes, manna, Tannin's and dyes. It also gives brief account of several major and economically significant sources of these products like Guar Gum, Gum Arabic, Karaya Gum, Myrrh, Frankincense, Benzoin, Chicle, Gutta-Percha, Indigo etc. Enumeration I is the annotated glossary of plants, more than a thousand, yielding gums, resins, dyes and related products, arranged alphabetically by botanical names, followed by the family, area of distribution/occurrence, common trade/local names, chemical composition and uses. Enumeration II and III provide family wise plant classification to help in evaluating the natural order of vegetable kingdom for the products mentioned above. Subsequently, given tables (37) provide relevant and important data on the products to those interested in their commercial exploitation. Also 84 drawings and 46 coloured images. The book also provide addresses (about 800) in two appendices of major manufacturers/dealers of the said plant products. An exhaustive bibliography of more than 400 references gives useful academic as well as applied informations.

This work would serve as a handy reference for researchers, industrialists as well as botanists.


Dictionary at a glance.
Foreword/S.K. Jain.
1. Enumeration-1: Vegetable sources of Indian gums/Mucilages, resins, gum-resins, starches, inulin, pectins, manna, latexes, waxes, tannins and dyes.
2. Enumeration-2: Family wise sources of gums, resins and related products.
3. Enumeration-3: Family-wise dye bearing plants.
4. Colour photographs of plants and plant products.
5. Tables: 1-37: Data regarding composition, occurrence and trade informations.
6. Index: Common vernacular / English names of plants and plant products with their sources.
Appendix: Indian manufacturers/exporters of plant gums, resins, dyes and related products.

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Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi is an eminent Scientist who has done commendable researches on Plant Products of Commercial and Medicinal Value. He retired as a Deputy Director (Scientist F), National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, a premier Institute of Indian dealing in Plant Sciences. Dr. Farooqi was the Head of Plant Chemistry Division/Gum Chemistry Section of the Institute. Under different Projects, financed by Indian and International Agencies, he chemically screened more than a thousand plant species, particularly those belonging to the Leguminosae Family, for Seed Gums. He has to his credit more than 150 research papers on various plant products, mainly on Gums, Resins, and Dyes in Scientific Journals of India and abroad. He has also published several books and more than hundred popular articles in English, Hindi and Urdu, mostly dealing with scientific subjects. Dr. Farooqi has been associated with several organizations of India and Europe dealing in carbohydrate products of commercial value. He has delivered lectures on National Products, particularly Gums and Dyes at National and International Conferences. Dr. Farooqi visited several Research Centers and Universities of UK, France, Germany etc. where he gave lectures on Indian Plant Wealth. He is the recipient of several National and International Awards.

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