Medicinal Plant Research in Africa

1st Edition

Pharmacology and Chemistry

Editors: Victor Kuete
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124059276
eBook ISBN: 9780124059368
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2013
Page Count: 916
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The pharmacopoeias of most African countries are available and contain an impressive number of medicinal plants used for various therapeutic purposes. Many African scholars have distinguished themselves in the fields of organic chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmacognosy and other areas related to the study of plant medicinal plants. However, until now, there is no global standard book on the nature and specificity of chemicals isolated in African medicinal plants, as well as a book bringing together and discussing the main bioactive metabolites of these plants. This book explores the essence of natural substances from African medicinal plants and their pharmacological potential. In light of possible academic use, this book also scans the bulk of African medicinal plants extract having promising pharmacological activities.

Key Features

  • The book contains data of biologically active plants of Africa, plant occurring compounds and synthesis pathways of secondary metabolites.
  • This book explores the essence of natural substances from African medicinal plants and their pharmacological potential
  • The authors are world reknowned African Scientists.



Target academics are students and scientists in the field of Chemistry, phytochemistry, pharmacology, medicine, pharmacognosy, pharmaceutical biology.

Table of Contents

About the Editor


List of Contributors

1. Monoterpenes and Related Compounds from the Medicinal Plants of Africa

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Biosynthesis and Structural Diversity

1.3 Monoterpenes Isolated from African Medicinal Plants and Their Pharmacological Activities

1.4 New Monoterpenes Isolated in African Medicinal Plants

1.5 Other Monoterpenes in African Medicinal Plants

1.6 Conclusion


2. Sesquiterpenes from the Medicinal Plants of Africa

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Biosynthesis and Structural Diversity

2.3 Pharmacological Activities of Sesquiterpenes Isolated from African Medicinal Plants

2.4 New Sesquiterpenes Isolated from Medicinal Plants of Africa

2.5 Other Sesquiterpenes in Medicinal Plants of Africa

2.6 Conclusion


3. Diterpenoids from the Medicinal Plants of Africa

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Biosynthesis and Structural Diversity

3.3 Nomenclature and Identification of Diterpenoids

3.4 Pharmacological Activities of Diterpenoids Isolated from African Medicinal Plants

3.5 Conclusions


4. Triterpenes and Steroids from the Medicinal Plants of Africa

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Biosynthesis and Structural Diversity

4.3 Phytochemical Detection of Triterpenoids and NMR Identification

4.4 Nomenclature of Triterpenoids

4.5 New Triterpenoids Isolated from African Medicinal Plants

4.6 Triterpene and Steroids Isolated from African Medicinal Plants and Their Pharmacological Activities

4.7 Other Triterpenoids from African Medicinal Plants

4.8 Conclusions


5. Essential Oils from the Medicinal Plants of Africa

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Classification of Essential Oils

5.3 Chemical Composition of Essential Oils

5.4 Biological Activity


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About the Editor

Victor Kuete

Dr. Victor Kuete is a scholar-scientist at the University of Dschang, Cameroon. Dr. Kuete has been a fellow of TWAS (2007), AUF (2008), DAAD (2009), University of Mainz-Germany (2010), Alexander von Humboldt (2012-2014), etc., and International Foundation for Science Grantee (2008-2009; 2012-2013). His Research Programme is focused on Pharmacognosy and Dr. Kuete mainly investigates African medicinal plants and isolated compounds as potential antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-proliferative agents. Dr. Kuete is the author of more than 120 scientific publications related to the bioactivity of medicinal plants and their derived products, and has also authored several books and more than forty book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences University of Dschang, Cameroon


"...a felicitous overview that is well represented and destined to boost well deserved interest in African medicinal plant research." --Herbalgram,May-July 2014