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Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World

Scientific, Production, Commercial and Utilization Aspects

  • Ákos Máthé


  • Introductory volume in the series of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World

  • Scientific information on MAPs

  • Series is a storehouse of up-to-date information on our global wealth of medicinal and aromatic plants


Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Imre Máthé
    Pages 35-60
  3. Dejan Gođevac, Milka Jadranin, Ivana Aljančić, Vlatka Vajs, Vele Tešević, Slobodan Milosavljević
    Pages 61-85
  4. A. Cristina Figueiredo, José G. Barroso
    Pages 87-112
  5. Christoph Carlen, Xavier Simonnet
    Pages 113-130
  6. Dea Baričevič, Ákos Máthé, Tomaž Bartol
    Pages 131-144
  7. Zora Dajic-Stevanovic, Dejan Pljevljakusic
    Pages 145-164
  8. Alessandra Carrubba, Gabriella Lo Verde, Adele Salamone
    Pages 205-235
  9. Ákos Máthé, Fathi Hassan, Ahmad Abdul Kader
    Pages 305-336
  10. Tomaz Bartol, Dea Baricevic
    Pages 359-373
  11. Klaus Dürbeck, Teresa Hüttenhofer
    Pages 375-382

About this book


Medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) have accompanied mankind from its very early beginnings. Their utilization has co-evolved with homo sapiens itself. Evolution has brought about a profound increase in our scientific knowledge about these species, so that, to date, they find utilization in many facets of our life (eg. pharmaceutical products, feed- and food additives, cosmetics, etc.). Remarkably today, despite the new renaissance of MAPs usage, ca. 80 % of the world’s population relies upon natural substances of plant origin, with most of these botanicals sourced from the wild state. This huge increase in demand has put an unparalleled large burden on the natural resources of MAPs endangering their existence.
The first volume of the series Medicinal Plants of the World, will briefly summarize the most essential current scientific knowledge about the sustainable sourcing of botanicals from both wild-crafting and cultivation. In these 21 chapters, eminent researchers of the topic will summarize latest scientific knowledge from the versatile and most varied scientific disciplines involved: botany, phytochemistry, plant breeding, biotechnology, agrotechnology, mechanization and economics. Individual chapters will deal with the essentials of phytomedical utilization, as well as utilization in the form of animal feed-additives. The volume concludes with a chapter on the poisonous MAPs in our homes, offices and modern everyday environments.
The aim of this volume is to offer basic scientific information on MAPs. It will also enable readers of subsequent volumes to digest and interpret the other volumes in the series, that will deal with important and characteristic wild-crafted and cultivated MAPs of the different geographic and climatic regions of the world. 
Thus, the series is meant to be a storehouse of up-to-date information on our global wealth of medicinal and aromatic plants on the basis of which MAPs will be collected, cultivated, traded and utilized in a sustainable way.


Botanical Sciences Cultivation Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Sustainable Utilization Wild-crafting

Editors and affiliations

  • Ákos Máthé
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture and Food ScienceUniversity of West HungaryBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World
  • Book Subtitle Scientific, Production, Commercial and Utilization Aspects
  • Editors Ákos Máthé
  • Series Title Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World
  • Series Abbreviated Title Medicinal, Aromatic Plants of World
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-9809-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0439-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9810-5
  • Series ISSN 2352-6831
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-684X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 460
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
    Plant Anatomy/Development
    Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
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