Himalayan Phytochemicals: Sustainable Options for Sourcing and Developing Bioactive Compounds provides a detailed review of the important medicinal plants which have already been discovered in the Himalayan region, outlining their discovery, activity and underlying chemistry.
In addition, it supports a global shift towards sustainable sourcing of natural products from delicate ecosystems. Across the world, environmental destruction and overharvesting of medicinal plants are reducing and destroying multiple important sources and potential leads before researchers have the chance to discover, explore or synthesize them effectively. By identifying this problem and discussing its impact on the Himalayan region, Himalayan Phytochemicals: Sustainable Options for Sourcing and Developing Bioactive Compounds frames the ongoing global struggle and highlights the key factors that must be considered and addressed when working with phytochemicals from endemic plant sources.
- Reviews both well-known and recently discovered plants of this region
- Highlights methods for phytochemical extraction and analysis
- Provides context to support a shift towards sustainable sourcing of natural products
1. Biogeographical distribution of medicinal and aromatic herbs 2. Utilization and botanical significance of Himalayan herbs 3. Conservation and cultivation of herbs: Challenge and policy making 4. Chemistry of Himalayan phytochemicals 5. Biotechnological strategies for improvement of aromatic and medicinal herbs 6. Quality assurance and quality control of medicinal and aromatic herbs 7. Marketing indigenous herbs: Connecting link between international trade and Himalayan livelihood
Dr. Sumira Jan is presently working as Tenure Track Scientist at the ICAR- Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture. She was selected for the prestigious Fast Track Young Scientist Award in 2015, and the BioCaRe Early Career Scientist Award in 2014. Dr. Jan has approximately 35 publications to her name, and has co-authored two books. Her first book as lead author was published in September 2016.
Dr. Nazia Abbas is working as a scientist at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine. She was selected for the prestigious INSA-Young Scientist Award in 2016 and the DST-INSPIRE Faculty award in 2014. Her current work focuses on the molecular and physiochemical aspects of medicinal plants of the Kashmir Himalayas.