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Edited by experts from India, turmeric's largest exporter, this is the first volume to explore the history, production, chemical constituents, market trends, and medical uses of this versatile herb. Providing a complete industrial profile, it details the spice's sources, as well as export/import data. It also explains tumeric's importance to both the food and cosmetic industry, and examines its potential in preventing and treating conditions ranging from ulcers and infections to cancer and arthritis. Extensively referenced, this work offers a needed resource for those involved with the research, cultivation, marketing, or product development of this golden spice.
Turmeric - The Golden Spice of Life, P.N. RavindranBotany and Crop Improvement of Turmeric, P.N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, and K.N. ShivaPhytochemistry of the Genus Curcuma, L. Nahar and S. D. SarkerBiotechnology of Turmeric and Related Species K. Nirma Babu, D. Minoo, S.P. Geetha K. Praveen and V. SumathiAgronomy of Turmeric, K. SivaramanDiseases of Turmeric, N.P. DohrooInsect Pests of Turmeric, S. Devasahayam and K.M. Abdulla KoyaPost harvest Technology and Processing of Turmeric, K.V. BalakrishnanBioactivity of Turmeric, S. D. Sarker and L. NaharCurcumin - Biological and Medicinal Properties, B. B. Aggarwal, I. D. Bhatt, H. Ichikawa, K. S. Ahn, G. Sethi,S. K. Sandur, C. Natarajan, N. Seeram, and S. ShishodiaTurmeric - Production, Marketing, and Economics, M.S. MadanTurmeric in Traditional Medicine, R. Remadevi, E. Surendran, and T. KimuraTurmeric as Spice and Flavorant, K.S. PremavalliOther Economically Important Curcuma Species, J. Skornickova, T. Rehse, and M. SabuTurmeric Production - Constraints, Gaps, and Future Vision, P.A. Valsala and K.V. PeterEpilogueIndex
Centre for Medicinal Plants Research, Kerala, India Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut, Kerala, India Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, India
With 3 editors, 33 contributors, and 15 chapters, this book represents a balanced presentation. There are chapters on botany, crop improvement, phytochemistry, biotechnology, agronomy, diseases, insect pests, postharvest technology, and processing, bioactives of turmeric and one chapter devoted solely to the major chemical, curcumin, production marketing and economics, traditional medicine, culinary attributes, other species of Curcuma, and turmeric production. ----James Duke, Economic Botany, 61(4) "Stewart has crafted a very readable tale about industrial flower production. Anyone with interests in horticulture or floriculture, will enjoy the book and it should be a "must read" for anyone teaching Economic Botany. ----Bradley C. Benett, Florida International University, in Economic Botany, 61(4), 2007 "This book provides a useful resource for the researchers and all those who are involved in processing, marketing and use of turmeric." --Cinzia Silori in Advancement in Horticultural Science, No. 3, 2008 "! comprehensive monographic treatment that delves into many aspects about turmeric ! . Experts from India, Japan, U.K. and U.S.A. offer a thorough examination of tumeric's cultivation, market trends, processing, products and medicinal properties. ! the first reference work about turmeric, provides exhaustive coverage, and will interest botanists and professionals in the perfumery and food industries and to those interested in alternative and conventional medicine." ----Dorothea Bedigian, Missouri Botanical Garden in Plant Science Bulletin, Volume 54, No. 1, 2008