Plants for Novel Drug Molecules: Ethnobotany To Ethnopharmacology

by Bikarma Singh & Yash Pal Sharma
ISBN: 9789389571943 | Binding: Hardback | Pages: 590 | Language: English | Year of Publishing: 2021
Length: 152 mm | Breadth: 39.5 mm | Height: 229 mm | Imprint: NIPA
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The present book is based on twenty five excellent scientific contributions of seventy researchers from topmost research organizations. The book begin with plants used in Sowa-Rigpa system of food and medicine, followed by  traditional uses of plants as medicine among Khasi tribe living in northeast India. This compilation contains several research techniques highlighting methods and analysis of documented data, and procedure for scientific validation of findings. Methods for assessing traditional knowledge of highly threatened plants such as Hodgsoniaheteroclita, pharmacological applications of family asteraceae, ethnobotany of family apiaceae, plants used in managing leucorrhea, plants as animal care, phytochemistry of Arisaemajacquemontii, Andrographispaniculata, Blumealacera, Boerhaaviadiffusa, Hemidesmusindicus, Pterocarpussantalinus, Rauwolfiaserpentina, Rauwolfiatetraphylla, and several other ethnobotanical and ethnopharmacological parameters used in studying current science is described in this book. Besides, it is followed by several research topics focused to the clinical arena, plants used in relation to cancer, diabetes, skin disorders and many other aspects relates to animal and human health care.

Today's food supplements derived from plants are of high demand, and this compilation also highlighted several plants used as nutraceuticals. It has been observed that herbs contain many bioactive compounds with powerful antioxidant properties as evidence from the scientific data, and few research on lianas, lichens and role of allylisothiocyanate as a bioprotective agent also discussed added more value to this compilations.

Focused theme such as ethnobotanical trends and techniques, phytochemistry, biological activities, ethnopharmacology and clinical studies is adding and contributing a lots value to this book in discovering leads for medicine formulations.

Bikarma Singh born in India working as Senior Scientist in National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow one of the pioneer institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research known for largest research and development activities under Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He is recognized as Assistant Professor in AcSIR (Ghaziabad),  and registered as Ph.D. Supervisor in University of Jammu. He graduated up as an Honours and Gold Medalist in Botany from North-Eastern Hill University Shillong in 2005, and completed Doctorate Degree in Botany from Gauhati University Assam and Botanical Survey of India (Shillong) Meghalaya in 2012. Prior to joining CSIR-NBRI Lucknow in 2020, he was working as Senior Scientists in CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Jammu and involved in R&D related to Plant Sciences. He also served as Scientist-Ecologist in WAPCOS Limited Gurgaon.

Currently, Dr. Singh pursued research with passion and possesses 15 year’s research experience in Plant Sciences, expertised in systematic and biotechnology, ethnobotany, value addition from essential oils, ecology, biodiversity germplasm conservation and EIA. He is serving as a reviewing member for National and International Scientific SCI and UGC listed journals, undertaken as lead leader for organizing many seminars and workshops. He received Prestigious recognition as ‘Outstanding Scientist in Botany’ in 2019 awarded by Venus International Foundation, Chennai and two of his Ph.D. Scholar received best research paper award, working in the area of Botany. He authored/co-authored 8 books and published 86 research papers/experimental findings in peer-reviewed International and National journals. His recent books are Botanical Leads for Drug Discovery, ‘Plants for Human Survival and Medicine’ and Plants of Commercial Values. He has 2 patents on medicinal aspects, and worked as PI/Co-PI/Team member for more than 40 research projects funded by Govt. and Private Organizations. He is supervising 5 Ph.D. students in Science to defend their doctorate degree. He is a member of several research committees, and delivered invited talk as key-note speaker/lecturer under various themes in several conferences, seminars and workshops.

Prof Yash Pal Sharma, born on January 01, 1969 in a remote village of District Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir, is presently working as a Professor and Coordinator in the Department of Botany (UGC-SAP DRS II), University of Jammu, Jammu which is one of the India’s leading academic and research Universities with NAAC accredited A+ grade. A post-graduate in Botany (1992) from the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Prof. Sharma qualified UGC-CSIR NET-JRF in the same year and obtained his Ph.D Degree from the same organization in the year 1997. He began his career as an Assistant Professor in the Government College and later joined the Department of Botany, University of Jammu in the year 2000 and was elevated to the rank of Professor in the year 2011. At present, Prof. Sharma is actively involved in teaching varied subjects such as the diversity of lower plants and gymnosperms, mycology and plant pathology, plant metabolism, ethnobotany etc. to the postgraduate and research students in the subject of Botany. Besides his involvement in providing academic leadership to the University Department as Head of the Department of Botany (2015- 2017), he has so far successfully guided a total of 12 Ph.D & 14 M.Phil students and presently 8 research students are working under his supervision. Prof Sharma has published more than 106 research papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals and is also on the panel of reviewers of several journals of National and International repute. Prof Sharma has handled many research projects sanctioned by various funding agencies. In view of his research contributions, Prof Sharma was awarded Science Talent Promotion Scholarship in Botany from the Department of Science and Technology, J&K (1991), Dr. K.S. Krishnan DAE Research Fellowship as JRF in Life Sciences, from the Department of Atomic Energy, Bombay, Govt. of India (1993), Senior Research Fellowship from CSIR, New Delhi (1996), Young Scientist Award (2003) of J&K State Council for Science and Technology, Jammu and Kashmir, Prof. P.N. Mehra Young Scientist Award (2005), Prof. H.C. Dube Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2010) by the Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Udaipur and Dr. S.K Shome Memorial Award by the Mycological Society of India, Chennai (2018). A life member of many professional/scientific organizations of India, He has also organized several prestigious national scientific events at the University of Jammu, Jammu and is regularly involved in delivering popular lectures/invited talks in various academic and research events across the country and abroad.

1.  Folklore Plants Used in Tibetan Mountain Based Sowa-Rigpa System of Food and Medicine: A Close Look on Plant-People Perception to Herbal Cure, 2. Traditional Uses of Plants as Medicine Among Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya, Northeast India, 3.  Assessing Ethnobotanical Value and Threat Status of Hodgsonia heteroclita (Roxb.) Hook.f. & Thomson A Lesser Known Liana Species of Sikkim Himalaya,  4 Tribal Knowledge on Ethnobotanical Plants of Uttarakhand Himalaya,  6.  Analysis of Indigenous Uses of Ethnobotanical Herbaceous Plants and their Diversity Among Nature-Dependent Communities in Atraulia of Burhanpur Tehsil, District, 7.  Ethnobiology of Lichens of North Western Himalaya,  8   Managing Leucorrhea: A Traditional Perspective Emanating from Ethnomedicinal Folklore in Jammu and Kashmir, India, 9.  Traditional Usages and Chemical Constituents of High Value Medicinal Plants Recorded from Chithara Village Panchayat (Gautam Buddha Nagar) of Uttar Pradesh, India, 10.   Ethnobotanical Studies on Members of Family Apiaceae from Jammu Division (Jammu and Kashmir) Western Himalaya, India 11. Investigation of Traditional Knowledge of
Economically Important Plants in Proper Neelum Valley, District Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir,
North-Western Himalaya, India, 12.   Ethnobotany and Tribals of Ladakh, Need for Scientific Initiatives and Interventions 13.   Ethnoveterinary Knowledge and Herbal Practices Prevalent Among Tribal Communities of District Poonch in Himalaya 14.   Eco-Taxonomy, Ethnobotany and Active Chemical
Constituents of Ten High Value Plants of Kathua District (J&K) of India in Southeast Asia With Special
Reference to Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary 15.   Nutraceutical Value of Wild Plants Used as Food  and Medicine 16.   Nature’s Anti-diabetic Pharmacy: A Note on Six Valuable Plants 17.   Blumea lacera (Asteraceae), A Potential Herb of Medicinal Value in Modern Aspects 18.   Phytochemistry and Pharmacological Activities of Pterocarpus santalinus an Ayurvedic Crude Drug 19.   Ethnomedicinal Importance of Arisaema jacquemontii and Its Futuristic Role in Natural Therapeutics 20.   Indian Snake Root and Devil Root as Distinctive Medicinal Plant for Curing Human Disease: Biology, Chemistry and Cultivation Practices of Rauwolfia serpentina and Rauwolfia tetraphylla 21.   Role of Allyl Isothiocyanate as a Bioprotective Agent 22.   Indian Sarsaparilla, Hemidesmus indicus, an Endangered Medicinal Plant of India 23   Exploiting Therapeutic Potential of Kirayat (Andrographis paniculata): Identity, Chemical Constituents and Biological Aspects for Future Reference in Drug Discovery 24. Diversity, Medicinal Value and Associated Biological Activities of Lianas Growing in Western Himalaya Used for Human Health Care 25.   Ethnomedical Applications and Phytochemistry of Boerhaavia diffusa