Himalayan Phytochemicals

Himalayan Phytochemicals

Sustainable Options for Sourcing and Developing Bioactive Compounds

1st Edition - April 10, 2018

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  • Authors: Sumira Jan, Nazia Abbas
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022368
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022276

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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Researchers investigating bioactive agents from natural products as medicinal leads (including medicinal chemists and pharmaceutical scientists). All groups studying the sustainable cultivation, sourcing and development of bioactive agents from flora in threatened ecosystems (including green chemists, botanists, taxonomists and environmental scientists)

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 316
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: April 10, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022368
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022276

About the Authors

Sumira Jan

Sumira Jan has received numerous international and national awards, including the Korean Government Doctoral Scholarship in the field of the environment; and was selected for the BioCaRe Early Career Scientist Award, 2014; and for the prestigious Fast Track Young Scientist Award, 2015. Presently Dr. Jan is working as a Senior Research Associate (Scientist Pool Scheme), and her work is funded by the CSIR at the Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture. She has more than 35 research articles in international journals. In addition, Dr. Jan has authored four books. Her first book as lead author was published in 2016. Currently, Dr. Jan is engaged in metabolomic analyses of high-altitude herbs and their ecophysiology.

Affiliations and Expertise

ICAR - Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, India

Nazia Abbas

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, India

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