PROSEA Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3

Collection Location Perpustakaan Kebun Raya Purwodadi
Call Number 633.88 Lem m3
ISBN/ISSN 979-8316-44-4
Author(s) R.H.M.J. Lemmens
N. Bunyapraphatsara
Subject(s) Prosea
Tanaman Obat
Medicinal plant
Classification 633.88
Series Title
GMD Text
Language English
Publisher Prosea Foundation
Publishing Year 2003
Publishing Place Bogor
Collation 664 hal
Abstract/Notes Prosea, short for ‘Plant Resources of South-East Asia’, is an international programme focused on South-East Asia. Its purpose is to make availabe the wealth of dispersed knowledge on plant resources for education, extension, research and industri through a computerized data bank and an illustrated multivolume handbook. A thorough knowladge of plant resources is essential for human life and plays a key role in ecologically balanced land-use systems. Extensive information on the plants growing in the region is needed to enable the plant resources of each country to be used optimally. A large international team of expert is preparing the text on particular species or genera, which are being published in comodity groups. All taxa are treated in a similiar manner with details on uses, botany, ecology, agronomy or silviculture, genetic resources, breeding, prospects and literature.
This second of the three planned volumes on the medicinal and poisonous plants of South-East Asia present a mixture of species with a long-standing reputation in tradisional medicine and species that have been well investigated phytochemically or pharmacologically, but are poorly known in the South-East Asian region. Up-to-date information is provided concerning local knowledge as well as modern research findings, where possible. This is important in view of the resurgence of interest in medicinal plants in South-East Asia. In general, less information on the phytochemistry and pharmacology is available for the medicinal and poisonous plants covered in the present volume compared to those highlighted in the first one (1999).
The alphabetical treatment of genera and species comprises 171 papers. Genera such as Alstonia, Alyxia, Capparis, Croton, Palyhala and Quassia are well-known in tradisional medicine in South-East Asia. Other genera have been quite well investigated in the field of phytochemistry and may have prospects for the production of bioactive intermediates. Examples include Strophanthus and Cerbera for their cardiac glycosides, Tabernaemontana, Ipomoea and Phaeanthus for their alkaloids and Dioscorea for its steroidal glycosides.
The introduction deals with some aspects of quality control of herbal drugs. A glossary and several indices are included.
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