Hawa ZE Jaafar
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Hawa ZE Jaafar completed her PhD in 1995 from Nottingham University, United Kingdom in the area of Plant Environmental Physiology. She is very active both in environmental manipulation of herbal secondary metabolism research, and in community development of herbal materials and products. Currently, she is the Director of the University Community Transformation Centre (UCTC) UPM, and a member of the National Herbal Implementation Committee. She has published about 150 papers mostly in high impact journals, more than150 other articles in bulletin, monographs, books and chapters, and presented more than 130 papers nationally and abroad. She is very active in professional activities as a President, Vice President, Chief Editor and Editorial Member. She is also very involved in the development of Roadmap of the National Herbal Industry in Malaysia in 2010. She established the Controlled Environment System in Malaysia in 1991, and had assisted Sana’a University Yemen to establish the Protected Agriculture Centre (2006-2010).
Phytochemicals derived from plant sources such as phenolics, ﬂavonoids, alkaloids, saponin, tannin and lignin are promoted for the prevention and treatment of many health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Recent scientific attention has been directed towards the cancer preventive potential for naturally occurring constituents of antioxidant, vitamins, flavanoids, glucosinolates and organosulfur compounds that have anticarcinogenic or antioxidant potential. Plants products are regarded as potential chemopreventive agents acts to block, reverse or prevent the development of invasive cancers. As plants are generally very responsive to biotic and abiotic factors in altering their physiological, biochemical and morphological properties, exposing herbal plants to elicitors may induce, alter or enhance synthesis of secondary metabolites. Recent work on the use from elicitated local herb biofluids in the alleviation of chemotoxicity effect demonstrated enhanced protective nature of elicitated L. pumila especially on white blood cell and organ weight, and with greater anti-tumor activity in comparison to CPT-11 drugs-treated BDF-1 mice
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