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Medicinal Plants Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Conservation

By: Sumita Jha(Editor), Mihir Halder(Editor)
906 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustration, tables
Publisher: Springer Nature
Medicinal Plants
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  • Medicinal Plants ISBN: 9789811999352 Hardback Jul 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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This contributed volume provides a comprehensive, in-depth and subject-based review of the current status of active ingredients, sustainable use, biodiversity and conservation of certain endangered medicinal plants. The book also explores conventional and non-conventional biotechnological interventions for biodiversity conservation. Medicinal plants have been used worldwide as a major source of raw material for traditional herbal healthcare practices as well as for drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical industry. The cumulative consequences of various human activities and environmental factors cause a decline in the biodiversity of medicinal plants at an unprecedented rate worldwide. Thus, the overall understanding of ecology, species and genetic diversity along with assessment of the status of different threats and their impact on medicinal plants is crucial to sustain existing biodiversity, its utilization and conservation. All the latest advancements in the biotechnological approaches for the conservation research of endangered medicinal plants and the future perspectives have been described. This book provides comprehensive reviews spreading over about 25 chapters divided into three sections. The chapters of this book are written by recognized scientists in their respective fields which are useful to students, academicians, researchers, botanists, biotechnologists, policymakers, conservationists and industries interested in biodiversity conservation and medicinal plant research for the production of secondary metabolites.


1. The Current Status of Population Extinction and Biodiversity Crisis of Medicinal Plants
2. Medicinal Plants and Bioactive Phytochemical Diversity: A Fountainhead of Potential Drugs against Human Diseases
3. Threats and opportunities for sustainable use of medicinal plants in Brazilian Atlantic Forest based on the knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
4. Climate Change Impact on Medicinal Plants: An Insight from the IUCN Red List Of Threatened Species
5. Securing Conservation Status of Paris polyphylla, a Medicinally Important Plant of the Indian Himalayan Region
6. Endophytic Fungal Diversity in Solanaceous Medicinal Plants and Their Beneficial Impact
7. Genetic Studies on Threatened Medicinal Plants of Brazil: Mind the Gap
8. Medicinal Plants of North-east India: Biodiversity and Their Ethno-Medicinal Values
9. Strategies for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants
10. Scientific Databases for Conservation of Medicinal Plants
11. International Trade of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs)
12. Inventorization of Ecology, Ethnobotany and Conservation Status of Dactylorhiza hatagirea: Problems Progress and Prospects
13. Conservation and Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants
14. Traditional Practices of Ethnomedicinal Plants in North-East Region of India and Their Conservation for Sustainable Utilization
15. Occurrence and Diversity of Major Naphthoquinones in Higher Plants: Their Distribution and Conservation Strategies
16. Astragalus fridae genetic Source, Applications, and Conservation
17. Tinospora cordifolia as a Potential Candidate for Health Care Of Post-Menopausal Women
18. The Potential Role of Medicinal Plants, Traditional Herbal Medicines and Formulations to Overcome SARS-CoV-2 Induced Health Crisis
19. Bioactive Compounds from Medicinal Plants and Its Therapeutic Uses in the Traditional Health Care System
20. In-Vitro conservation and propagation of endangered Ethno-Medicinal Orchids from the Northeast Region of India
21. Artificial Seed Production and Cryopreservation Technology for Conservation of Plant Germplasm with Special Reference to Medicinal Plants
22. Biotechnological Studies on Nasturtium officinale (Watercress) - An Endangered Species of Significant Relevance in Medicine, Cosmetic, and Food Industries
23. Isatis tinctoria L. (woad) - Cultivation, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Biotechnology, and Utilization
24. Tissue Culture Techniques to Conserve Endangered Medicinal Plants with Antimicrobial and Antiviral Activities
25. Insights into the In Vitro Approaches for the Production of Secondary Metabolites Towards The Conservation of Medicinal Orchids
26. Biotechnological Approaches for Ex Situ Conservation of Medicinal Plants
27. Conservation of Medicinal Plants by Tissue Culture Techniques
28. Current Status of Metabolic Engineering of Medicinal Plants for Production of Plant-derived Secondary Metabolites
29. Stationary, Agitated and Bioreactor Cultures of Verbena officinalis L. (Common Vervain) - A Potential Rich Source of Bioactive Phenolic Compounds for Pharmacy, Health Food Industry and Cosmetology

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Professor Sumita Jha (née Mukherjee), FNASc., FWAST, received her M.Sc. (1975) and Ph.D. (1981) from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata. She joined the same University as a UGC Research Scientist in 1985 and as a faculty member in Botany in 1990. She was appointed Associate Professor in 1993 and became Professor in 2001. She has been involved in teaching courses on plant biology, molecular genetics, and biotechnology. Prof. Jha's group has developed transgenic cell and organ cultures in a number of rare, endangered indigenous medicinal plants for the production of high-value pharmaceuticals.

Dr Mihir Halder, Assistant Professor in the Post Graduate Department of Botany, Barasat Government College, West Bengal, India, received his B.Sc. with honours in Botany (2007) from Presidency College, Kolkata and M. Sc. in Botany (2009) from University of Calcutta, India. He was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry (2017) from the University of Calcutta. He has been actively engaged in teaching courses on Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology for over seven years. His research interest includes medicinal plant biotechnology and cytogenetics.

By: Sumita Jha(Editor), Mihir Halder(Editor)
906 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustration, tables
Publisher: Springer Nature
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