The Ocimum Genome

  • Ajit Kumar Shasany
  • Chittaranjan Kole

Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. R. K. Srivastava, Sanjay Kumar, R. S. Sharma
    Pages 1-7
  3. Aakanksha Pant, Rakesh Pandey
    Pages 9-24
  4. Vishnu Sharma, Debabrata Chanda
    Pages 25-36
  5. A. Gandhimathi, Nitish Sathyanarayanan, Meenakshi Iyer, Rachit Gupta, R. Sowdhamini
    Pages 37-60
  6. Amit Kumar, Ashutosh K. Shukla, Ajit Kumar Shasany, Velusamy Sundaresan
    Pages 61-72
  7. Soni Gupta, Abhilasha Srivastava, Ajit Kumar Shasany, Anil Kumar Gupta
    Pages 73-87
  8. R. K. Lal, Pankhuri Gupta, C. S. Chanotiya, Sougata Sarkar
    Pages 89-98
  9. Saumya Shah, Shubhra Rastogi, Ajit Kumar Shasany
    Pages 99-110
  10. Sumit Ghosh
    Pages 111-126
  11. Shubhra Rastogi, Ajit Kumar Shasany
    Pages 127-148

About this book


This book provides an overview of the Ocimum genus from its genetic diversity to genome sequences, metabolites and their therapeutic utilities. Tulasi, Ocimum tenuiflorum, as a member of the family Lamiaceae, is a sacred plant in India. The plants of this genus Ocimum are collectively referred to as Basil and holy basil is worshipped in the Hindu religion. Basils are reservoirs of diverse terpenoids, phenylpropanoids and flavonoids, in addition to commercially important aromatic essential oils.  In 2016, two working groups in India published the genome sequence in two different genotypes of Ocimum tenuiflorum. To help the readers understand the complexities of the genus and different chemotypes, this book accumulates all the available information on this medicinal plant including the genome. The complete knowledge may enable researchers to generate specific chemotypes in basil either through conventional breeding or development of transgenic lines. It also makes it possible to investigate the medicinal nature of holy basil compared to different species of the same genus.


Ocimum tenuiflorum medicinal plant whole-genome sequencing genetic diversity functional genomics holy basil tulasi

Editors and affiliations

  • Ajit Kumar Shasany
    • 1
  • Chittaranjan Kole
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant BiotechnologyCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Research (CSIR-CIMAP)LucknowIndia
  2. 2.Raja Ramanna Fellow, Department of Atomic EnergyGovernment of IndiaKalyani, NadiaIndia

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