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Role of Biotechnology in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Volume X)

 
Irfan Ali Khan (Author) Atiya Khanum (Author)
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Indian has one of the oldest, richest and most diverse cultural traditions associated with the use of medicinal plants. We also have a vast and inexhaustible resource of drugs of plant origin as nature has provided us with a rich storehouse of herbal remedies to cure all mankind's ailments. Some of them are widely cultivated and others are found in plenty. Medicinal plants have their values in various chemical compounds available in various parts such as leaves, stems, roots, seeds, bark, wood etc. These have been determined, by their pharmacological action of active principles, which produce specific physiological action in human body. The more important of these substances are alkaloids, glycosides, essential and fatty oils, resins, gums, mucilage, tannins etc. In addition, the natural wealth of flora is increasingly threatened by the pressures of population explosion, commercial exploitation, expanding cultivation of agricultural crops, developmental projects of urbanization etc.

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About the authors

Irfan Ali Khan

Dr. Irfan Ali Khan obtained his M.Sc. from the Alilgarh Muslim University and Ph.D. in Botany from the Osmania University, Hyderabad, specializing in Genetics and Plant Breeding Dr.Khan is the Director of Nawab Shah Alam Khan Centre for Post graduate Studies and Research (Affiliated to the Osmania University), Anwarul Uloom College Campus, Mallepally, Hyderabad. He teaches Post Graduate students and guides research scholars at this center. He has publsiehd 135 research papers in the reputed National and International Journals and is now panel of experts on mungbean for all countries of the South-East Asia and the Middle East. His name has been included in the Directory of contribution of Muslim Plant Scientists in India. Dr. Khan has been the editor of "frontiers in Plant Science", has edited twenty six reference books and has co-authored three text books with his wife, Dr. Atiya Khanum. He is a Fellow of the Indian Society of Genetics (F.I.s.G.).

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Atiya Khanum

Dr. Atiya Khanum obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Botany from the Osmania University, Hyderabad. Dr. Khanum has worked on the ecology of two lakes of Hyderabad with special reference eto Planktonic and Mat-forming algal communities. She is Associate Professor and Head of the P.G. Department of Botany. Nawab Shah Alam Khan Centre for Post Graduate Studies and Research (Affiiated to the Osmania University), Anwarul Uloom College Campus, Mallepally, Hyderabad. She teaches Ecology, Environmental Biology and Phytogeography to the Post Graduate students at this center. She has published 34 research articles in reputed journals. Dr. Khanum has also co-authored three text books and co-edited nineteen reference books with her husband, Dr. Irfan Ali Khan.

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Bibliographic information

Title Role of Biotechnology in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Volume X)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ukaaz Publications
Language: English
isbn 8188279110
length xiv+286p., Tables; Figs.; Plates.