Herbal Technology: Recent Trends and Progress is a comprehensive book on the various trends and the aspects of this recent branch of Botany. Herbal Technology encompasses all the myriads of ways of utilizing the multifarious potentialities of plants for human welfare.
There are presently five aspects such as Medicinal plants, Natural dyes, Biopesticides, Biofertilizers and Biofuel in this discipline, though more and more may added by the brilliant workers who tread this path at a later stage. Medicinal plants which form the first section contains a number of papers dealing with biomarkers, both pharmacognostic and phytochemical, on a good number of medicinal plants as well as many ethnobotanical surveys. Natural Dyes form the second section and it covers the application of dyes from six plants such as Rohira, Katha, Ravenchi wood, Annatto, Babool, banana on various textiles. In the section on Biofertilizers papers on the utility of marine algae, blue green algae and Am fungi are included. In the last section, Biofuels, the utility of biogas as well as a number of new sources of fatty oils have been presented. This book will serve as a reference book for students, teachers and workers of Medicinal plants, Natural Dyes, Biopesticides, Biofertilisers and Biofuel.
1. Herbal technology: Concepts & Prospects; 2. Phytotechnology-Value addition to Biodiversity through chemoprospection; 3. Medi-cinal plants mentioned in Atharva Veda; 4. Korku uses of some lesser known monocotyledonous ethnomedicinal plants of Melghat; 5. Medico-botanical survey of vanaspatibet of Wadwal Nagnath; 6. Observations on ethnomedicinal plants of Danta forest in North Gujarat; 7. Conservation through propagation of the state flower Sassurea obvallata : an under-explored medicinal herb of Uttaranchal; 8. Medi-cinal mushrooms for healthy life; 9. Cultivation of Reishi mushroom [G. lucidum (Layes) Karst]; 10. Micromorphological characters as biomarkers for some of the medicinal plants of Gujarat; 11. Pharmacognostic & phytochemical analysis of Ficus benghalensis Linn. & Ficus religiosa L.; 12. Pharmacognostic and phytochemical studies on Woodfordia floribunda Salisb. and L. flos-reginae Retz.; 13. Studies on the Pharmacognosy & Phyto-chemistry of one of the Balas, Sida veronicaefolia L.; 14. Pharmacognostic and Phytochemical studies on Euphorbia thymifolia Linn. & E. hirta L.; 15. Silica bodies as biomarkers of a few medicinal plants of the Poaceae; 16. Studies on the biomarkers of Ammania baccifera L. & Lawsonia inermis Linn.; 17. Studies on the pharmacognosy and hypoglycemic activity of Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.; 18. Effect of C. alata Linn. leaf extract on anti-oxidant enzymes in normal & streptozotocin induced diabetic rats; 19. Studies on Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry of Jatropha curcas Linn and Jatropha gossypifolia Linn.; 20. TLC screening of in vitro produced phytosterols of Clerodendrum phlomidis L.; 21. In vitro produced flavonoids of Boerhavia diffusa Linn.; 22. Curing of plasmid mediated vancomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus using herbal naphtho-quinones; 23. Rohira (Tecomella undulata) leaves, a new source of dye for cotton and silk fabric; 24. Dyeing of cotton fabric with Katha and Ravenchi wood; 25. Dyeing of cotton with Bixa orellana Linn. seeds; 26. Dyeing of cotton, silk & wool yarns by babool (Prosopis juliflora) flowers; 27. Fermen-tation process in dyeing cotton and silk fabrics with banana peel; 28. Application and evaluation of microen capsulated perfumes on three textile fabrics; 29. Medicinal herbs for dyeing normal and grey hair; 30. Biocontrol agents and their interaction with agricultural crops.; 31. Control of toxicogenic fungi by essential oil from pericarp of Citrus; 32. Antifungal activity of floral extracts of Calotropis procera & Mimusops elengi; 33. Marine algae as a biofertiliser; 34. Efficacy of biofertilisers with nitrogen levels on productivity of Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); 35. Yield potential of BGA Biofertilisers for paddy crop; 36. Occurrence of A.M. Fungi a phosphate fertilizer, in soils of Vadodara; 37. Biogas A potent biofuel; 38. Some new vegetable oils as sources of biofuel.