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Medicinal Plants and Fungi: Recent Advances in Research and Development

  • Dinesh Chandra Agrawal
  • Hsin-Sheng Tsay
  • Lie-Fen Shyur
  • Yang-Chang Wu
  • Sheng-Yang Wang


  • Collects the latest R & D information on different medicinal plants and fungi from diverse geographical locations

  • Explores vast yet important disciplines of medicinal plants and fungi

  • Summarizes the works of immensely experienced scientists in the realm of medicinal plants and fungi


Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Medicinal Properties/Therapeutic Effects: Medicinal Plants and Fungi

  3. Bioactive Compounds: Medicinal Plants and Fungal Endophytes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Sanjana Kaul, Suruchi Gupta, Supriya Sharma, Manoj K. Dhar
      Pages 167-228
    3. Mohammed Majrashi, Sindhu Ramesh, Jack Deruiter, Vanisree Mulabagal, Satyanarayana Pondugula, Randall Clark et al.
      Pages 229-252
    4. Yan-Long Yang, Qiao-Qiao Tao, Jun-Jie Han, Li Bao, Hong-Wei Liu
      Pages 253-312
    5. Ling-Sze Yap, Wai-Leng Lee, Adeline-Su-Yien Ting
      Pages 313-335
    6. Marthandam Asokan Shibu, Dinesh Chandra Agrawal, Chih-Yang Huang
      Pages 337-362
  4. Production Systems and Biotechnology: Medicinal Plants and Fungi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Dinesh Chandra Agrawal, Emily Chin-Fun Chen, Hung-Chi Chang, Chia-Chen Chen, Chao-Lin Kuo, Hsin-Sheng Tsay
      Pages 459-483
  5. Resources/Techniques: Medicinal Plants and Fungi

About this book


This book highlights the latest international research on different aspects of medicinal plants and fungi. Studies over the last decade have demonstrated that bioactive compounds isolated from medicinal fungi have promising antitumor, cardiovascular, immunomodulatory, anti-allergic, anti-diabetic, and hepatoprotective properties. In the light of these studies, the book includes chapters (mostly review articles) by eminent researchers from twelve countries across the globe working in different disciplines of medicinal plants and fungi. It discusses topics such as the prevention of major neurodegenerative and neurotoxic mechanisms by Centella asiatica; the medicinal properties and therapeutic applications of several mushrooms species found in different parts of the world; and fungal endophytes as a source of bioactive metabolites including anticancer and cardioprotective agents. There are also chapters on strategies for identifying bioactive secondary metabolites of fungal origin; the use of genomic information to explore the biotechnological potential of medicinal mushrooms; and solid state fermentation of agro-industrial and forestry residues for the production of medicinal mushrooms.

It is a valuable resource for the researchers, professionals and students working in the area of medicinal plants and fungi.


Medicinal plants and fungi Phytochemistry Anti-cancer drugs Biotechnology Metabolic Engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Dinesh Chandra Agrawal
    • 1
  • Hsin-Sheng Tsay
    • 2
  • Lie-Fen Shyur
    • 3
  • Yang-Chang Wu
    • 4
  • Sheng-Yang Wang
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Applied ChemistryChaoyang University of TechnologyTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Applied ChemistryChaoyang University of TechnologyTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Agricultural Biotechnology Research CenterAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Graduate Institute of Natural ProductsKaohsiung Medical UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of ForestryNational Chung Hsing UniversityTaichungTaiwan

About the editors

Professor/Dr. Dinesh Chandra Agrawal has more than 35 years of research experience in plant biotechnology of diverse plant species including medicinal plants and fungi. Currently, he is a Professor at the Department of Applied Chemistry, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan. Before it, he served as a Chief Scientist & Professor of Biological Sciences in the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, India. A recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships including the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (Germany), Prof. Agrawal, has worked in the USA, UK, and Germany. He has 160+ publications including three books to his credit. Presently, he is serving as an Associate editor-in-chief of the ‘International Journal of Applied Science and Engineering’ (Scopus).

Professor/Dr. Hsin-Sheng Tsay has more than 40 years of research experience and made a significant contribution towards the biotechnology of medicinal plants in Taiwan. At the Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan, he had served as a chair professor, Department of Applied Chemistry; Dean, College of Science and Engineering; and Director and chair professor of the Graduate Institute of Biotechnology. During his career, Prof. Tsay has won several national and international awards and has 265+ publications to his credit.

Professor/Dr. Lie-Fen Shyur is a Research Fellow at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. She holds adjunct or joint professorships at six academic institutions in Taiwan. Dr. Shyur has served on several journal editorial board members, published more than 90 high profile research articles and reviews, and obtained more than 25 international patents and two national awards. The chief goal of Dr. Shyur’s research is to develop agricultural or plant-derived agents for human or animal health-care or bio-industrial usages.

Professor/Dr. Yang-Chang Wu is presently working as a chair professor of the Graduate Institute of Natural Products, and Director of the Research Center for Natural Products and Drug Development, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. Before it, he had served as a chair professor and dean of the School of Pharmacy, and vice-president of the China Medical University, Taiwan.  Prof. Wu has 556+ research articles in SCI journals and 40+ patents to his credit.

Professor/Dr. Sheng-Yang Wang is a distinguished professor at the Department of Forestry, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. He is one of the well-known phytochemists in Taiwan. He has expertise in the qualitative and quantitative determination of natural products by chromatography and spectroscopy. Prof. Wang obtained several important scientific awards in his career and has published 140+ scientific articles.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Medicinal Plants and Fungi: Recent Advances in Research and Development
  • Editors Dinesh Chandra Agrawal
    Hsin-Sheng Tsay
    Lie-Fen Shyur
    Yang-Chang Wu
    Sheng-Yang Wang
  • Series Title Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World
  • Series Abbreviated Title Medicinal, Aromatic Plants of World
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-5977-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5540-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-5978-0
  • Series ISSN 2352-6831
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-684X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 547
  • Number of Illustrations 94 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mycology
    Plant Biochemistry
    Plant Sciences
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