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Recent Advances in Medicinal Plants Research

G.P. Rao (Editor) S.K. Prabhuji (Editor) S.K. Patil (Editor)
Synopsis There is no man on this Earth who is incompetent and there is no plant which is of no Medicinal use. Where everything is present, infact, a man to manage them property is seldom available”. During the past decade, demand for medicinal plants and its products as well as traditional health system attracted the worldwide interest. India, being the Botanical Garden and treasure house of Biodiversity with its diverse ecological condition, rich ethnic diversity and a strong traditional knowledge base, accounts for 45000 plant spe4cies, out of which more than 8000 species are used in some 10000 herbal drug formulations. Ninety percent of the herbal industry’s requirement is taken out from the forests, resulting into their destruction. There is no reliable assessment to the volume or value of the herb-related trade in India, but the conservatives put the quantity of dry row material collected at 0.5 million tons each year. The global plant based drug is projected between US $ 30 and 60 billion with a 7% annual growth rate but, India has only a 2.5% share in it. Even so, there is a positive realization that the demand is fast outstripping supply, putting an unreasonable pressure on our wild phytoresources. This has already placed certain spices at risk and other will soon follow, If immediate corrective measures are not taken. Conservation of Medicinal plants has to be viewed not as an end in itself bit as a means to enhance’ the conservation and cultivation of our precious biowealth for sustainable utilization an in ensuring equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of Biodiversity. Our Knowledge about the aforesaid is still inadequate and needs further extensive and intensive investigations, so as we have full spectrum at hand. This edited book, Containing most of the aspects related with medicinal plants, would provide a compiled literature on biodiversity, agro technique, pharmacology, photochemistry, Biotechnology and marketing patterns etc. Which be really useful for growers, technologists and industry people involved. In medicinal plant research.
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About the authors

G.P. Rao

Dr. Goving P. Rao is working as Head and Senior Scientific Officer at Sugarcane Research Station, Gorakhpur, India. He is the Editor-in-chief of 'Sugar Tech', an international journal of sugar crops and has published 8 books and 6 text books. He has beeninvolved in research an sugarcane pathology for the last 15 years. Dr. Rao is currently working on the diagnosis, characterization and management of fungal, bacterial, viral and phytoplasma diseases of sugarcane in India.

S.K. Prabhuji

Dr. Shakti Kumar Parbhuji is working as Head, Department of Botany. Udit Narain Postgraduate College, Padrauna (Dist. Kushinagar), India and has been teaching Ethnobotany, Microbiology and Morphogenesis since 1975. He has earlier served as Lecturer in Department of Botany. St. Andrew’s Clooage4, Gorakhpur, India He is prolific researcher. After doing his Ph.D. in Aquatic Mycology in 1979 from Gorakhpur University his contributions are in various branches of Botany, viz., Aquatic Mycology, Fish-mycopathology, Medical Biotechnology, Biophysics, Biomathematics and plant Morphogenesis. He has published several research Papers in Indian and foreign Journals of repute and has two text books on Plant Morphogensis to his credit. He is Secretary of Green Blessings and working on endangered medicinal plants of India. He is fellow of various academic societies including Indian Botanical Society. He is Currently working on Medicinal Plants, Various aspects of Aquatic Mycology and Electrophysiological experiments on plants to develop prior alarm system for natural disasters.

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S.K. Patil

Prof. S.K. Patil was born on 22nd April at Dharwad, a city known for education in Karnataka. He did his B.Sc. (Agric.) from College of Agriculture, Dharwad in 1977 and M.Sc. (Agric.) in Soil Science in 1979 from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Later in 1980, he joined World Bank aided National Agricultural Research Project as Research Assistant at Agriculture Research Station, Bijapur. In 1983, he was selected as Assistant Professor of Soil Science. He visited to United States of America in 1987 to pursue his Ph.D. in Wood Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkelay in the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. Then, he did his doctoral research at Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan (Himachal Pradesh) and got his Ph.D. in Forest Products and Utilization during 1992. In the same year, he was elevated to the cadre of Associate Professor. Then in 1999, he was selected as Professor of Forest Utilization at College of Forestry, Sirsi (Karnataka). Since 2001, he has been serving as the Director of Instruction (For) and constantly striving to raise the infrastructural facilities and academic standards of Sirsi campus. Dr. Academic Council, Research Council, Extension Council of UAS, Dharwad and Research Advisory Council of Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore, etc. Dr.Patil has been instrumental in organizing several national level; seminars such as “ Production and Utilization of Bamboo and Ratan”, “Production, Processing and Marketing of Vanilla”, “Cultivation and Marketing of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India”, etc. in collaboration with other organizations at Sirsi. Several M.Sc. and Ph.D. student have completed their Post-Graduate degree under his guidance. He has published many research papers and popular articles for the Benefit of Farmers. He is currently pursuing the research area on “cultivation, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants”, He has handled research projects funded by State and Central Government. Dr. Patil has been recognized as a subject matter expert by UPSC and ASRB, New Delhi and State Agricultural Universdities

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Title Recent Advances in Medicinal Plants Research
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190228994
length iv+viii+514p., Tables; Figures; Plates; References; Index; 25cm