Bioactive Molecules and Medicinal Plants

  • K.G. Ramawat
  • J.M. Merillon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Angela A. Salim, Young-Won Chin, A. Douglas Kinghorn
    Pages 1-24
  3. Pierre Waffo-Teguo, Stéphanie Krisa, Tristan Richard, Jean-Michel Mérillon
    Pages 25-54
  4. Purificación Corchete
    Pages 123-148
  5. Ara Kirakosyan, Donna M. Gibson, Peter B. Kaufman
    Pages 149-164
  6. Dominique Laurain-Mattar
    Pages 165-174
  7. M. Rajani
    Pages 175-195
  8. Seemanti Ghosh, Sumita Jha
    Pages 215-232
  9. S. Srivastava, A.K. Srivastava
    Pages 233-254
  10. Stéphanie Guillon, Jocelyne Trémouillaux-Guiller, Pratap Kumar Pati, Pascal Gantet
    Pages 271-283
  11. Stéphanie Guillon, Pascal Gantet, Martine Thiersault, Marc Rideau, Jocelyne Trémouillaux-Guiller
    Pages 285-295
  12. Louise F. Brisson
    Pages 317-324
  13. K.G. Ramawat, Shaily Goyal
    Pages 325-347

About this book

Introduction

Use of medicinal plants is as old as human civilization and continuous efforts are being made to improve medicinal plants or produce their products in high amounts through various technologies. About 200,000 natural products of plant origin are known and many more are being identifed from higher plants and microorganisms. Some plant-based drugs have been used for centuries and there is no alternative medicine for many drugs, such as cardiac glycosides. However, natural products research was sidelined to pave the way for com- natorial chemistry, which was expected to produce large numbers of synthetic compounds for high-throughput screening (HTS). This line of work has failed to deliver desirable results. Moreover, it is not possible for all pharmaceutical companies and institutions to adopt costly HTS technology. Therefore, medi- nal plants and their bioactive molecules are always in demand and are a central point of research. While planning this book, we endeavored to incorporate - ticles that cover the entire gamut of current medicinal plants research. The aim of this book was to review the current status of bioactive molecules and medicinal plants research in light of the surge in the demand for herbal medicine. The chapters focus on bioactive molecules (e.g., stilbenes and p- toestrogens) and on medicinal plants as a whole (e.g., Bacopa monnierie). We hope that this book will be useful for researchers in academia, industry, and agriculture planning.

Keywords

Medicinal Plants Pharmacology Plant Biotechnology Protein Secondary Metabolites biotechnology drug discovery pharmaceuticals roots

Editors and affiliations

  • K.G. Ramawat
    • 1
  • J.M. Merillon
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biomolecular Technology, Department of BotanyM.L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.Groupe d‘Etude des Substances Végétales à Activité Biologique Laboratoire de Sciences Végétales, Mycologie et Biotechnologie,UFR Pharmacie Universite Victor SegalenBordeaux cedexFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-74603-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-74600-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-74603-4
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