Medicinal Plants and Environmental Challenges

  • Mansour Ghorbanpour
  • Ajit Varma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Mansour Ghorbanpour, Javad Hadian, Shahab Nikabadi, Ajit Varma
    Pages 1-23
  3. Azadeh Kazemi, Mansour Ghorbanpour
    Pages 25-48
  4. Vinay Kumar, Tushar Khare, Sagar Arya, Varsha Shriram, Shabir H. Wani
    Pages 81-96
  5. Morteza Yousefzadi, Mohammad Hossein Mirjalili
    Pages 123-135
  6. Joanna Lado, Matías Manzi
    Pages 137-158
  7. Dirk Selmar, Maik Kleinwächter, Sara Abouzeid, Mahdi Yahyazadeh, Melanie Nowak
    Pages 159-175
  8. Aditya Banerjee, Aryadeep Roychoudhury
    Pages 177-188
  9. Melanie Nowak, Mahdi Yahyazadeh, Laura Lewerenz, Dirk Selmar
    Pages 215-225
  10. Mansour Ghorbanpour, Shohreh Fahimirad
    Pages 247-257
  11. Cristine Vanz Borges, Igor Otavio Minatel, Hector Alonzo Gomez-Gomez, Giuseppina Pace Pereira Lima
    Pages 259-277
  12. Faezehossadat Abtahi, Seydeh Lavin Nourani
    Pages 279-293
  13. Alessandra Carrubba
    Pages 295-327
  14. Faezehossadat Abtahi, Mansoureh Bakooie
    Pages 329-344
  15. Clarice Noleto Dias, Ludmilla Santos Silva de Mesquita, Denise Fernandes Coutinho, Sonia Malik
    Pages 345-357
  16. E. Lamalakshmi Devi, Sudhir Kumar, T. Basanta Singh, Susheel K. Sharma, Aruna Beemrote, Chingakham Premabati Devi et al.
    Pages 359-413
  17. Mansour Ghorbanpour, Ajit Varma
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book sheds new light on the role of various environmental factors in regulating the metabolic adaptation of medicinal and aromatic plants. Many of the chapters present cutting-edge findings on the contamination of medicinal plants through horizontal transfer, as well as nanomaterials and the biosynthesis of pharmacologically active compounds. In addition, the book highlights the impacts of environmental factors (e.g., high and low temperature, climate change, global warming, UV irradiation, intense sunlight and shade, ozone, carbon dioxide, drought, salinity, nutrient deficiency, agrochemicals, waste, heavy metals, nanomaterials, weeds, pests and pathogen infections) on medicinal and aromatic plants, emphasizing secondary metabolisms.

In recent years, interest has grown in the use of bioactive compounds from natural sources. Medicinal and aromatic plants constitute an important part of the natural environment and agro-ecosystems, and contain a wealth of chemical compounds known as secondary metabolites and including alkaloids, glycosides, essential oils and other miscellaneous active substances. These metabolites help plants cope with environmental and/or external stimuli in a rapid, reversible and ecologically meaningful manner. Additionally, environmental factors play a crucial role in regulating the metabolic yield of these biologically active molecules. Understanding how medicinal plants respond to environmental perturbations and climate change could open new frontiers in plant production and in agriculture, where successive innovation is urgently needed due to the looming challenges in connection with global food security and climate change. Readers will discover a range of revealing perspectives and the latest research on this vital topic.


Medicinal plants Secondary metabolites Metabolic adaptation Plant defense mechanisms Herbal medicine drug preparation Aromatic plants

Editors and affiliations

  • Mansour Ghorbanpour
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicinal PlantsArak UniversityArakIran
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia

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