Fighting Multidrug Resistance with Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils and Their Components

Fighting Multidrug Resistance with Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils and Their Components

1st Edition - May 24, 2013
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  • Editors: Mahendra Rai, Kateryna Kon
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123985392
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124017085

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Fighting Multidrug Resistance with Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils and their Components offers scientists a single source aimed at fighting specific multidrug-resistant (MDR) microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoans, viruses and fungi using natural products. This essential reference discusses herbal extracts and essential oils used or under investigation to treat MDR infections, as well as those containing antimicrobial activity that could be of potential interest in future studies against MDR microorganisms. The need to combat multidrug-resistant microorganisms is an urgent one and this book provides important coverage of mechanism of action, the advantages and disadvantages of using herbal extracts, essential oils and their components and more to aid researchers in effective antimicrobial drug discovery

Key Features

  • Addresses the need to develop safe and effective approaches to coping with resistance to all classes of antimicrobial drugs
  • Provides readers with current evidence-based content aimed at using herbal extracts and essential oils in antimicrobial drug development
  • Includes chapters devoted to the activity of herbal products against herpes, AIDS, tuberculosis, drug-resistant cancer cells and more


Natural product researchers, pharmacologists, pharmaceutical scientists and researchers involved in antimicrobial drug discovery, applied microbiology, infectious disease research and antibiotic resistance

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    1 Alternative antimicrobial approaches to fighting multidrug-resistant infections
    2 Natural agents from plants used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
    3 Bioactivity of plant constituents against vancomycin-resistant enterococci
    4 The use of natural products as an alternative against Candida species resistant to conventional chemotherapeutics
    5 Use of plants in the search for drugs to treat tuberculosis
    6 Use of essential oils and their components against multidrug-resistant bacteria
    7 Natural products and their perspectives in developing new leishmanicidal molecules
    8 Natural products with activity against Schistosoma species
    9 Botanical as adjunct therapy and treatment for multidrug-resistant staphylococcal infections
    10 Combining essential oils with antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents as a way of coping with multidrug-resistant bacteria
    11 Antimicrobial potential of some medicinal plants and their synergistic property: an alternative source to fight against multidrug-resistant pathogenic microorganisms
    12 Perspectives and key factors on the usage of herbal extracts against multidrug-resistant gram-negative microorganisms
    13 Use of plant-derived extracts and bioactive compound mixtures against multidrug-resistant bacteria affecting animal health and production
    14 Essential oils from Compositae family against multidrug-resistant bacteria
    15 Harnessing traditional knowledge in the management of multidrug-resistance and prevention of emerging infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
    16 Natural products with activity against multidrug-resistant tumor cells
    17 Development of new antiherpetic drugs based on plant extracts: a review

Product details

  • No. of pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: May 24, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123985392
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124017085
  • About the Editors

    Mahendra Rai

    Mahendra Rai
    Professor Rai is a Senior Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University at Amravati, Maharashtra, India. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Bioenergetics, University of Geneva, Switzerland His area of expertise includes microbial biotechnology and nanobiotechnology. His present research interests include the application of nanobiotechnology in medicine with reference to the development of nanoantimicrobials. In 2020, Professor Rai was featured in Stanford’s list of top 2% scientists under Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He has an h-index of 62 and has to his credit over 400 research papers, 102 articles, 60 books and 7 patents. Dr Rai serves as a referee for 20 international journals and is a member of the editorial board of 14 national and international journals. He has numerous international collaborations in Argentina, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Brazil, USA, and Poland. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor and Head, Department of Biotechnology, Amravati University, Amravati, Maharashtra, India

    Kateryna Kon

    Kateryna Kon
    Dr. Kateryna Kon, MD, PhD, currently works at the Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology at Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine as an Associate Professor. Dr. Kon received the Best Young Scientist of Kharkiv Award in 2007. She has ten years of teaching and fifteen years of research experience. She is an editorial board member of six international peer-reviewed journals.

    Dr. Kon's scientific contributions include more than 100 publications, 6 books and 18 scientific articles. The main focus of Dr. Kon’s research is antibiotic resistance in bacteria, coping with microbial resistance by plant essential oils and nanoparticles, microbiology of surgical and gynaecological infections, application of different statistical methods to analysis of biomedical data.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology, Kharkiv National Medical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine