Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Alkaloids: General Biology and Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eitaro Matsumura, Motoki Matsuda, Fumihiko Sato, Hiromichi Minami
      Pages 3-24
    3. Kasım Cemal Güven, Burak Coban, Ekrem Sezik, Hüseyin Erdugan, Ferda Kaleağasıoğlu
      Pages 25-37
    4. Ralf Kellmann, Olivier Ploux, Brett A. Neilan
      Pages 39-83
    5. Lorena Almagro, Mariana Sottomayor, Maria Angeles Pedreño
      Pages 85-117
    6. Hélio Nitta Matsuura, Diogo Denardi Porto, Arthur Germano Fett-Neto
      Pages 119-147
    7. Shaily Goyal
      Pages 149-171
    8. Vasil Georgiev, Andrey Marchev, Strahil Berkov, Atanas Pavlov
      Pages 173-211
    9. Smita Srivastava, Ashok Kumar Srivastava
      Pages 213-250
    10. Maria Laura Colombo, Maria Teresa Pinorini, Ario Conti
      Pages 285-299
  3. Alkaloids: Classes - Occurrence, Biosynthesis, Structure and Chemistry, Distribution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Éva Szőke, Éva Lemberkovics, László Kursinszki
      Pages 303-341
    3. Stefan Philipov, Tsvetelina Doncheva
      Pages 343-358
    4. Giovanna Boschin, Donatella Resta
      Pages 381-403
    5. Feroz Khan, Tabish Qidwai, Rakesh K. Shukla, Vikrant Gupta
      Pages 405-460
    6. Pijush Paul, Mihir Halder, Sumita Jha
      Pages 461-478
    7. Zhong Jin, Xiao-Hua Xu
      Pages 479-522

About this book


This reference work provides a wealth of information regarding medicinal plants and phytochemicals. It is addressed both to researchers and teachers.

The handbook describes phytochemicals, which, by the strictest definition, are chemicals that are produced by plants. During the last decades, more and more groups became actively involved in exploring plants for useful metabolites that lead to the identification of several useful curative agents and many promising molecules to fight and/or prevent diseases, including carcinogenesis and stroke. But when we talk about phytochemicals, there are also medicinal plants where not a single molecule is responsible for the observed properties. This reference work therefore reviews and compiles the information on both these aspects.

The volumes contain contributions on phytochemicals and herbal extracts. A large number of natural products obtained from plants and microorganisms is used in cosmetic, drug, flavor and fragrance industries. For this compilation, a range of the most important medicinal herbs and phytochemicals were selected and are described by the recognized authors in the field.

The present reference work encompasses the information about well established phytochemicals, biology and biotechnology of medicinal plants or their products, their biosynthesis, novel production strategies, demand and uses, metabolism and bioavailability. There is a surge of information published in recent years on herbal medicine and their pharmacologic effects with single books available on varied subjects. However, all this information is widespread and difficult to overview. Researchers who wish to keep a pace with the rapidly developing field of natural products can now consult this newly compiled handbook to find all information about bioactive molecules and medicinal plants thoroughly compiled in one place!


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kishan Gopal Ramawat
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Mérillon
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentM.L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences, Biological-Active Plant Substances StudyUniversity of BordeauxVillenave d'OrnonFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-22143-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-22144-6
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