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Medicinal Plants: Antibacterial Potential

Purshotam Kaushik (Author) Pankaj Goyal (Author)

This monograph is a novel attempt for providing the ample awareness to the current status of the antibacterial potential of various medicinal plants. This volume discloses the collision of antibiotic resistance that lead to necessitate the use of alternative medicines derived from natural products especially from plants. Plants selected in the present study are well known in daily life usage and are easily available throughout the Indian sub-continent. However, people know very little about their infection lowering capacity. Thus, authors have tried to give the best in current research work to let readers know what they can achieve by using these natural products.

This monograph contains six chapters bearing various topics of current research interest. Chapter 1 focuses an introduction on antibiotic chemotherapy, emergence of resistance and on natural products. An introduction to Vedas has been given. Moreover, the potential bioactivities including antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-cancerous role of various medicinal plants are discussed in detail. Attempts have been made to emphasize the phytochemistry responsible for such activities. Various research works carried out in the field of antimicrobials have also been included. Chapter 2 covers a list of plants selected for present study and different methods for the preparation of their extracts. All aspects of antibacterial susceptibility assays and phytochemical analysis are also discussed in detail.

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About the author

Purshotam Kaushik

Dr. Purshotam Kaushik, is currently professor of Botany and Microbiology, Gurukul Kangri University, Hardwar and he has also headed the department for two terms. Prof. Kaushik did his doctorate from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has professed teaching and research at Punjab University, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He has bean the principal investigator of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, project on 'Environment Biology of the Himalayan Orchids' and U.G.C. project on Lectins. Prof. Kaushik has published over 70 research papers and has authored two text books on microbiology and original research monographs on orchids, medicinal plants and raw drugs. Prof. Kaushik, is currently President of Academy of plant sciences. He has visited Universities of London, Cambridge and R.B.G., kew (United Kingdom) and institute Pasteur, Paris (France). Prof. Kaushik has been associated with designing and starting M.Sc. (Microbiology) Courses at Gurukul Kangri University, Hardwar, since very inception of the courses, and possesses a teaching and research experience of three decades.

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Title Medicinal Plants: Antibacterial Potential
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.09.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 1555283160
length 290p., Illustrations; Glossary; Index; 25cm.