Biodiversity and Biomedicine

Biodiversity and Biomedicine

Our Future

1st Edition - July 15, 2020

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  • Editors: Munir Ozturk, Dilfuza Egamberdieva, Milica Pešić
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195413
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223703

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Biodiversity and Biomedicine: Our Future provides a new outlook on Earth’s animal, plant, and fungi species as vital sources for human health treatments. While there are over 10 million various species on the planet, only 2 million have been discovered and named. This book identifies modern ways to incorporate Earth’s species into biomedical practices and emphasizes the need for biodiversity conservation. Written by leading biodiversity and biomedical experts, the book begins with new insights on the benefits of biologically active compounds found in fungi and plants, including a chapter on the use of wild fruits as a treatment option. The book goes on to discuss the roles of animals, such as amphibians and reptiles, and how the threatened presence of these species must be reversed to conserve biodiversity. It also discusses marine organisms, including plants, animals, and microbes, as essential in contributing to human health. Biodiversity and Biomedicine: Our Future is a vital source for researchers and practitioners specializing in biodiversity and conservation studies. Students in natural medicine and biological conservation will also find this useful to learn of the world’s most bio-rich communities and the molecular diversity of various species.

Key Features

  • Presents new developments in documenting and identifying species for biodiversity conservation and ethical considerations for biodiversity research
  • Examines biodiversity as an irreplaceable resource for biomedical breakthroughs using available species for medical research
  • Discusses challenges and opportunities for biodiversity protection and research in biosphere reserves


Researchers and practitioners in biodiversity, conservation studies, and natural biomedicine

Table of Contents

  • 1. Plant microbiome: source for biological active compounds
    2. Chemodiversity in natural plant populations as a base for biodiversity conservation
    3. Harnessing the Potential of Plant Biodiversity in Health and Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges
    4. Biomining Fungal Endophytes from Tropical Plants and Seaweeds for Drug Discovery
    5. Biomedicine developments based on marine biodiversity: Present and Future
    6. Superbugs, Silver bullets and new Battlefields
    7. The benefits of active substances in amphibians and reptiles and the jeopardy of losing those species forever
    8. Human genetic diversity in health and disease
    9. Potential for cancer treatment: natural products from The Balkans
    10. Biodiversity of wild fruits with medicinal potential in Serbia
    11. Some Botanicals from the Himalayas with Anticancer Potential
    12. Diversity and bioprospect significance of macrofungi in the scrub jungles of southwest India
    13. Mushroom and plant extracts as potential intervening supplements in diabetes management
    14. Anticancer activities of marine macroalgae: status and future perspectives
    15. Insights into the Bioactive Compounds of Endophytic Fungi in Mangroves
    16. Essentiality of Mint: Current Understanding and Future Prospects
    17. Azadirachta indica: The Medicinal Properties of The Global Problems Solving Tree
    18. Advancements in plant transgenomics approach for the biopharmaceutics and vaccines production
    19. Secondary Metabolites from Endangered Gentiana, Gentianella, Centaurium, and Swertia species (Gentianaceae): Promising Natural Biotherapeutics
    20. Grape (Vitis vinifera L.): health benefits and effects of growing conditions on quality parameters
    21. Flavonoids in Cancer Therapy: Current and Future Trends
    22. Personalized Biomedicine in Cancer: From Traditional Therapy to Sustainable Healthcare
    23. Tumor-Specific Genetic Profiling and Therapy in Biomedicine
    24. Vascular and bone marrow explant models to assess in-vitro haematotoxicity of herbal extracts.
    25. Nature-inspired synthetic analogues of quorum sensing signaling molecules as novel therapeutics against Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections
    26. Commodification of Biodiversity: Promises and Pitfalls

Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: July 15, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195413
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223703

About the Editors

Munir Ozturk

Dr Munir Ozturk is the Founder Director for the Centre for Environmental Studies, as well as previous Chairman of the Botany Department, both Ede University, Turkey. He is Vice President of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Jordan. Dr Öztürk has received fellowships from Alexander von Humboldt, and the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science. He has worked at the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, via a grant from National Science Foundation, USA. He also worked as a consultant fellow at the Faculty of Forestry, University Putra Malaysia and as a “Distinguished Visiting Scientist” at the ICCBS, Karachi University, Pakistan. His fields of scientific interest are; Biomonitoring, Plant Eco-Physiology, Conservation of Plant Diversity, Biosaline Agriculture, Pollution and Medicinal/Aromatic Plants. He has acted as guest editor for several international journals like; The Malaysian Forester, Environmental Geology – Springer, Science and Business Media, Journal of Environmental Biology (4 volumes), Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier (2 Volumes).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Department of Botany, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey

Dilfuza Egamberdieva

Dilfuza Egamberdieva is a research associate at the Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany and head of Joint Uzbek-China Key Lab of Ecobiomes of Arid Lands, National University of Uzbekistan. Her research interests include microbial ecology and diversity, plant-microbe interaction, plant nutrition and stress tolerance, and plant biological disease control. She has been awarded the SCOPUS-2019 Award “Top Scientist of the Year”, TWAS (The World Academy of Science) Award in Agricultural Sciences (2013), and TWAS-TWOWS-SCOPUS Young Women Research Award (2009), as well as several Fellowships such as President’s International Fellowship for Visiting Professors (PIFI), The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the Georg Forster Research Fellowships, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is a member of several journals’ editorial board, authored seven books published by Elsevier and Springer, and co-authored over 200 publications in per reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Faculty of Biology, National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Milica Pešić

Dr. Pesić is the Head of the Department of Neurobiology at the Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković"- National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade. The primary focus of her research is the development of small molecules targeting mechanisms of cancer multidrug resistance. Her works show that natural compounds can have an important role in overcoming multidrug resistance. She has been involved in cancer research for more than 20 years, and during her career, she has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in reputable journals and authored 7 book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Research Fellow, Department of Neurobiology, Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković"- National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

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