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Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants (Drug Development from Molecules)


Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants (Drug Development from Molecules)



von: V. K. Singh, J. N. Govil

781,63 €

Verlag: Studium Press
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 30.06.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781626993044
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 461

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<span>In recent past there is a resurgence of interest in the study and use of medicinal plants. Many traditional plant based remedies are back in use and find increasing applications as (i) source of direct therapeutic agents, (ii) as raw material base for the elaboration of more complex semi- synthetic compounds, (iii) as models for new synthetic compounds and, (iv) as taxonomic markers for the discovery of new compounds. Based on this rationale the present volume presents 26 research communications based on recent worldwide studies on medicinal plants by eminent scientists broadly directed towards drug development from molecules. Some of the interesting reports included are: Plant based molecular farming for human health; Molecular targets of traditional Chinese medicines used in stroke therapy; New Anti-cancer compounds from medicinal plants; Geraniol biosynthesis in Palmarosa; Immunomodulatory effects of plant extracts; Anti-oxidant properties of Indian medicinal plants; Anti-inflammatory activity of terpenoids of Moringa graggii; Plant proteinases: Their potential as therapeutic drugs; Effects of transdermal essential oil on physiological and behavioral changes in healthy volunteers; Medicinal uses and pharmcological properties of Calotropis procera; Treatment of tropical diseases through marine invertebrates; Passionflower in therapeutics; Medicinal plants for their pest control properties; Gastroprotective effect of Parkia biglobosa; Effect of Plumbago zeylanica on some serum parameters of rat. The contributions are from far and wide including USA, Germany, Spain, China, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Peru, Italy, Iran, Thailand, Nigeria, Nairobi and India. The volume is aimed at a wide range of audience of phytochemist, ethnobotanist, pharmacologist, medical scientists and other researchers engaged in the search of new bioactives from natural sources. </span>
<span>Dr. V.K. Singh (b. 1948): Formerly, Deputy Director (Botany) at Headquarter Office of the CCRUM, is responsible for execution of projects on ethno botanical surveys, medicinal plants cultivation, development of Herbal gardens, and pharmacognostic studies of crude drugs. Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. in plant taxonomy (1971). He has been a plant explorer, ethno botanist and conservationist and has taken a series of medicinal plants collection trips in different tribal areas, particularly in North India, for over 27 years (1971-1997). Based on his studies, he has to his credit over 85 research papers published in various scientific journals in India and abroad, 26 books dealing with medicinal plants and folk medicines of India including edited volumes. Of recent, Dr. Singh has been conferred CCRUM Award (2005) and received first prize from Union Minister of Health &amp; Family Welfare, Govt, of India, for his outstanding research contributions in the area of Survey and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants including development of Herb Gardens. Earlier, Dr. Singh was adjudged for "Award for Medical Research (1972)" from erstwhile Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homeopathy (CCRIMH) for his contribution to the botanical identity of controversial Ayurvedic drugs. Nominated as Referee for various scientific journals on medicinal plants, and also on the panel of experts committee on WHO studies on indigenous drugs in India. Recently, Dr. Singh was nominated by department of AYUSH, Govt, of India to participate and present his paper in an international symposium on medicinal and nutraceutical plants held at Georgia, USA, during March 2007. Between 2001-2002, Dr. V.K. Singh served in the National Medicinal Plants Board, Government of India, New Delhi and was actively associated in the policy formulations and guidelines for promotion &amp; development of medicinal plants sector in the country. He contributed in a book on agro techniques of medicinal plants entitled "Cultivation Practices of Some Commercially Important Medicinal Plants". During 2002-2007, Dr. Singh headed a Project "Awareness, Training and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants in Western U.P." Dr. V.K. Singh happens to be the pioneer in giving the concept of medicinal plants cultivation and marketing among the farmers of Western U.P. districts in India. </span>
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<span>Dr. J.N. Govil (b. 1945): Obtained his Master's and Doctorate degrees from Agra University, Agra, India. In his career span of 41 years research experience at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Dr. Govil has been involved in the breeding of cross-pollinated, often cross-pollinated, and self-pollinated crops. His research is mainly focused on breeding for better quality, disease resistance, and for higher productivity in Pennisetum, Sorghum, maize, chickpea, and pigeonpea. Dr. Govil has been well exposed to the international scientific community through various training programmes. He took his training in "Plant exploration and collection techniques" through IBPGR in 1982. He was also awarded the prestigious FAO/IBPGR Fellowship in "Genetic resources, evaluation, and data preparation and management" at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 1983, he made visits to gene banks located in Europe. He also participated in various international seminars and conferences, including "Food and Legume Improvement for Asian Farming Systems" in Thailand in 1986. Dr. Govil is credited with more than eighty research papers in various journals of national and international repute in various aspects of genetics, crop breeding, and topics on general agriculture. He has written and edited a number of books on medicinal Plants (2 Vols each of two Titles) and other books with international authors. A new series "Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants" has been published by Studium Press, LLC, USA in 25 volumes under Dr. Govil's Chief Editorship. Dr. Govil has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journals, New Botanist (An International Journal of Plant Research) and Glimpses in Plant Research, since 1988. He has also guided more than a dozen post-graduate students. Dr. J.N. Govil was actively engaged through his leadership on pigeonpea breeding with special emphasis on "Breeding short duration pigeonpea varieties for improved management and low input conditions." Through his intensive efforts over the last 20 years, nine varieties of early pigeonpea in arhar-wheat rotation have been released at national level. Currently, Dr. Govil has retired from ICAR and has joined as Publishing Director and Managing Editor with Studium Press LLC, USA. </span>

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