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Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Expanding their Horizons through Omics

  • Book

  • May 2020
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 4911825

Growing consumer interest in organic and herbal-based products has led to great demand in the botanicals industry in the past few years. However, the growing number of products utilizing medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) has threatened an estimated 9,000 medicinal plant species worldwide, making it critical to reevaluate their research and development, production, and utilization. Continuing advances in Omics methodologies and instrumentation are essential to understanding how plants cope with the dynamic nature of their growing environment, how yields and characteristics can be improved, and how to most effectively direct conservation efforts.

With a focus on metabolomics, genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and more, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Expanding Their Horizons through Omics illustrates the genetic mechanisms of MAPs, providing a better understanding of MAPs conservation and methods to improve characteristics for medical applications. With an introduction on the role of MAPs in human health, subsequent chapters discuss using proteomics to increase MAP yields and plant quality, genome editing, and CRISPR/Cas9. A valuable resource for farmers, scientists, chemists, biochemists, pharmacists, and students interested in medicinal and aromatic plants and plant biology, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Expanding Their Horizons through Omics ensures readers have the background knowledge to put the necessary methodologies into practice themselves.

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Table of Contents

1. Review of the active principles of medicinal and aromatic plants and their disease fighting properties

2. Unraveling the mode of action of medicinal plants in delaying age related diseases using model organisms

3. Metabolomics and fluxomics studies in the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus

4. Multivariate analysis of herbal drugs with diverse pharmacological activities: Metabolomics study

5. Metabolomics: A recent advanced omics technology in herbal medicine research

6. Genome Editing: Applications for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

7. Cytogenetic and Bioactive Attributes of Crocus sativus (Saffron); a Tool to Unfold its Medicinal Mystery

8. Metabolic engineering for the production of plant therapeutic compounds

9. CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing in medicinal and aromatic plants: Developments and applications

10. Proteomics research in aromatic plants and its contribution to the nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical outcomes

11. Fluxes of nutrients in mycorrhiza: What has fluxomics taught us in the plant-fungus interaction?

12. Metabolomics of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Goldmines of Secondary metabolites for Herbal Medicine Research

13. Exploration of biotechnological studies in low calorie sweetener Stevia rebaudiana: present and future prospects

14. Saffron (Crocus sativus L.): It's Phytochemistry, Therapeutic Significance and Omics-based Biology

15. Exploitation of revered potent medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lucidum with particular accent on oncotherapeutics


Tariq Aftab Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Tariq Aftab received a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India, and is currently an Assistant Professor there. He received prestigious Leibniz-DAAD fellowship from Germany, a Raman Fellowship from the Government of India, and Young Scientist Awards from the State Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of India. He has worked as Visiting Scientist at IPK, Gatersleben, Germany, and in the Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, United States. He has edited 14 books with international publishers, including Elsevier Inc., Springer Nature, and CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), co-authored several book chapters, and published over 65 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His research interests include physiological, proteomic, and molecular studies on medicinal and crop plants. Khalid Rehman Hakeem Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Makkah Province Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Khalid Rehman Hakeem is a professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia. He completed his Ph. D (Botany) from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India in 2011. Dr. Hakeem has worked as a Post Doctorate Fellow in 2012 and Fellow Researcher (Associate Prof) from 2013 to 2016 at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, in Malaysia. His specialty is plant eco-physiology, molecular biology, plant-microbe-soil interactions, medicinal plant research and environmental sciences, and so far has edited and authored more than 80 books with Springer International, Academic Press, etc. He has also to his credit more than 180 research publications in peer reviewed inter-national journals, including 70 book chapters in edited volumes with international publishers. Dr Hakeem is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships.