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Agro-Techniques of Medicinal Plants

 
Ravindra Sharma (Author)
Synopsis Medicines are the second most essential requisite after food for mankind. For medicines, medicinal plants are the important sources of raw drugs. Therefore, the demand on plant based therapeutics has increased many fold in both developing and developed countries due to the growing recognition that they are natural products, being non-narcotic, having no side effects, easily available at affordable prices. Due to huge demand of plant-based crude drugs throughout the world, today urgent need to domesticate or cultivate the medicinal plants in large scale to fulfill the unexpected demand. But due to lack of systematic information on cultivation of medicinal crops at one place, growers are not ready to adopt such practices in their agro-system. Changing herbal market scenario rapidly and expanding local and global market and immense export potential to Europe, America and other Western Countries has opened up a new prospective field for Indian agriculture. To fully make-use of this emerging demands world-wide, appropriate knowledge regarding their value addition, processing market potential (export/import) of crude drugs, adulterants & substitutions of crude drugs and standardization & quality control is of utmost important. This unique book ventures to probe into this very important area covering almost the entire gamut of the burning issues relating to medicinal plants. The export of crude (herbal) drugs in gaining strength due to its inherent advantage coupled with the pro-liberalization. This invaluable book consisting of 11 chapters contributed every aspects related to the cultivation of medicinal plants viz. nursery technology, biofertilizers & biological pest control, organic farming, agro-technique (50 commercial important medicinal plants), harvesting technology & value addition, adulterants & substitutions, market potential (export/import), standardization and quality control, legistration & policy, sustainable conservation & development strategies. This book is a ready manual and information database for policy makers, administrators, academia, exporters, extension workers, manufactures, growers and general readers interested in medicinal plants.
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About the author

Ravindra Sharma

Dr. Ravindra Sharma (born January 21, 1970) is presently President & Managing Director, GREEN FOUNDATION (For health care, social equity & biodiversity conservation), a reputed Non-Government Organisation (NGO), Dehradun. He has been actively associated in research and development (R&D) in the field of cultivation of medicinal herbs, green health mission, ethnobotany and conservation biology. He has contributed more than 30 research paper, general articles in national and international journals of repute. He is the author of two popular books, one of them is wildly acclaimed entitled “Aushadhaya avum Sugandhiya Paudhuon ki Krishi Taknik” (Hindi Edition), won second prize under ‘Rajbhasha Puruskar Yojana (2002), sponsored by Defense Research & Development Organisation, Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He is the member of several societies concered with botanical or environmental research and development. He has extensively travelled to the remote areas of Himalaya and has been devoted to record the traditional heritage knowledge of the folk people, beside his concern in the biodiversity and sustainable use of plant resources in the North-West Himalaya.

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Bibliographic information

Title Agro-Techniques of Medicinal Plants
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170353467
length xiv+264p., Figures; 8 Col. Plates; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.