Plants have been a source of medicines and have played crucial role for human health. Despite tremendous advances in the field
of synthetic drugs and antibiotics, plants continue to play a vital role in modern as well as traditional medicine across
the globe. In even today, one-third of the world's population depends on traditional medicine because of its safety features
and ability to effectively cure diseases. This book presents a comprehensive guide to medicinal plants, their utility, diversity
and conversation, as well as biotechnology. It is divided into four main sections, covering all aspects of research in medicinal
plants: biodiversity and conservation; ethnobotany and ethnomedicine; bioactive compounds from plants and microbes; and biotechnology.
All sections cover the latest advances. The book offers a valuable asset for researchers and graduate students of biotechnology,
botany, microbiology and the pharmaceutical sciences. It is an equally important resource for doctors (especially those engaged
in Ayurveda and allopathy); the pharmaceutical industry (for drug design and synthesis); and the agricultural sciences.