The African and Arabian Moringa Species - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081022863

The African and Arabian Moringa Species

1st Edition

Chemistry, Bioactivity and Therapeutic Applications

Authors: Solomon Habtemariam
Paperback ISBN: 9780081022863
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 23rd June 2017
Page Count: 230
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The widely varied species within the Moringa genus have a stunningly diverse range of characteristics, making them a fascinating source of new leads for drug discovery. Collecting together key information on those species within the African and Arabian regions, The African and Arabian Moringa Species reviews the botany, socio-economic significance and underlying chemistry of these interesting plants.

The opening section of the book addresses the botanical and socioeconomic aspect of M. stenopetala; one of the most widely cultivated species within the genus. The second part then goes on to review the chemistry of the plant, with a systematic presentation covering everything from the seed oil to the various secondary metabolites identified to date, and consideration of issues relating to quality control also included. The third section addresses the chemistry behind the reported use of the plant for the management of various diseases, highlighting potential antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, and anticancer properties. Emphasis is given to the correlation between the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology/biological activity of active agents from the plant at the molecular level. The final section then describes all of the other African and Arabian Moringa species, from their botany to their chemical and pharmacological profiles.

Drawing on the author’s latest research and the most current literature in the field, The African and Arabian Moringa Species is an invaluable guide for researchers in medicinal chemistry, herbal medicine, drug discovery/development and plant derived natural products within both industry and academic environments.

Key Features

  • Outlines the botanical description, traditional uses and socioeconomic significance of the African and Arabian Moringa plants
  • Exhaustively discusses the chemistry of these plants to highlight secondary metabolites and methodologies for their isolation, identification and quality control
  • Discusses the future potential of the plants and their chemical components for various disease conditions


Medicinal chemists working on the isolation of drug molecules from natural sources; Postgraduate students and lecturers in the fields of natural products, drug discovery/medicinal chemistry and/or pharmacology; pharmaceutical and nutraceutical researchers and traders

Table of Contents

Section A - Moringa stenopetala: Botanical, ecological & socioeconomic perspectives

Chapter 1: Moringa stenopetala - botanical and ecological perspectives

Chapter 2: Moringa stenopetala - socioeconomic significance

Section B - The chemistry of Moringa stenopetala   

Chapter 3: The chemistry of Moringa stenopetala seed oils

Chapter 4: The chemistry of Moringa stenopetala – non-oil components

Chapter 5: Quality control and chemical profiling of Moringa stenopetala drug preparations

Section C - The science behind the multiuse of Moringa stenopetala   

Chapter 6: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala: toxicology aspects

Chapter 7: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala - antioxidant mechanisms

Chapter 8: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala: antimicrobial effects

Chapter 9: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala –effects on diabetes and related diseases

Chapter 10: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala - potential anticancer effects

Chapter 11: The science behind the use of Moringa stenopetala seeds for water purification

Section D – Other Moringa species indigenous to Africa and the Arabian/Persian region   

Chapter 12: The chemistry & pharmacology of other African and Arabian Moringa species



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About the Author

Solomon Habtemariam

Dr Solomon Habtemariam is a Director of Pharmacognosy Research Laboratories & Herbal Analysis Services at the University of Greenwich, Chatham-Maritime, UK. He received his BSc degree in Biology (minor - Chemistry) from the University of Addis Ababa and his Master's degree (combined-studies) in Pharmacology and Phytochemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He stayed on at Strathclyde to study at doctoral level, studying drug discovery from natural sources, and obtained his PhD in this area of research. After a number of years in teaching and post-doctoral research at the Strathclyde Institute for Drug Research and Strathclyde University, he joined the School of Science, University of Greenwich in September 1998. With an Associate Professor position at Greenwich, Dr Habtemariam has been a leader of taught programs and research on bioassays & natural products-based drug development. The various research projects that he has undertaken include the identification of novel compounds of natural and synthetic origin with potential antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-obesity activities among others. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and filed three patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principle Lecturer and Director of Pharmacognosy Research Laboratories & Herbal Analysis Services, University of Greenwich, UK