This book is the 8th volume of the series Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World. Like the previous volumes, this volume is being introduced in a monographic format containing an extremely rich and diverse medicinal flora of India. Both well-known and somewhat still ignored species have been described in view of their traditional, present-day and prospective uses. The scientific and technological achievements are also included aptly in this volume, together with careful and critical consideration of our contemporary knowledge of this vast interdisciplinary domain with an Indian focus. In the era of global climate change and pandemics, building on the huge Indian traditions, this volume will make an important contribution to the better knowledge and understanding of MAPs. The Indian flora has always been recognized for its medicinal and aromatic plant values and this volume is explicitly focusing on that direction. With the rapidly expanding scope of natural nutraceuticals and herbal formulations, this book will be a fruitful acquisition for interested readers globally.
Professor emeritus, Habil. Ákos Máthé has a 40+ years’ background of teaching and research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, plant ecophysiology, and agricultural botany at the University of Horticulture and Food Industry, Budapest and Fac. of Agriculture and Food Science, Széchenyi István University, Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary. Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Visiting professor, Fulbright Scholar (UC Davis and UMASS, Amherst, USA and University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Austria). Teaching/Research/Consulting and Publication activity include ecophysiology, plant domestication/introduction, production of MAPs, new crops and new uses of plants, phytogenic feed additives. International consultant for FAO, EU COST, IUCN, CBI, etc.). President of International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Chairman of Section for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, International Society for Horticultural Sciences (2006-2014). Convener and speaker at international scientific conferences (ISHS, ICMAP, etc.). Series editor, as well as a member of editorial boards/reviewer of international scientific journals, PhD. theses, etc. Network co-ordinator of ESCORENA MAP.
Irfan Ali Khan obtained his MSc from Aligarh Muslim University and PhD in Botany from Osmania University, Hyderabad, specializing in ‘Genetics and Plant Breeding’. Professor Khan is the Former Director of Nawab Shah Alam Khan Centre for Post Graduate Studies and Research (Osmania University), Anwarul Uloom College Campus, Mallepally, Hyderabad. Presently he is the Managing Director of Ukaaz Publications, Hyderabad. He has published 163 research papers. He is a panel member of ‘Experts on Mungbean’ for all countries of South-East Asia and the Middle East. Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science, has edited 74 reference books and has co-authored three textbooks. He is a Fellow of the Indian Society of Genetics (F.I.S.G.). Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Phytomedicine: An International Journal. Senior author of the famous textbook Fundamentals of Biostatistics by Khan and Khanum which has been released by world-renowned agricultural scientist, Dr M.S. Swaminathan on February 13, 1994, in Hyderabad.