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Atul Kumar

Atul Kumar

GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India

Title: Medicinal and aromatic plants of Himalayan zone and their therapeutic properties for pharmaceutical industry

Biography

Atul Kumar is presently working as Professor (Plant Physiology) at College of Basic Sciences and Humanities of GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India. After obtaining his Masters in Plant Physiology (1977) and Ph.D. in Horticulture (1983), Dr. Kumar is engaged in Teaching and Research in various aspects of Plant Sciences for over 30 years. He has expertise in the area of Plant Tissue Culture of important Fruits, Vegetables, Ornamentals, and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Physiology of Abiotic stress in plants is another area of his interest. He has visited several countries in connection with participation in conferences, symposia for presentation of his research work and also received Advanced International Training on Plant Biotechnology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has authored three Text-cum-Reference Books on Plant Tissue Culture and has over 80 publications of different categories to his credit.   

 

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Medicinal and aromatic plants have played a vital role in providing healthcare to man since the dawn of civilization. India is bestowed upon with varying agro-climatic conditions by nature and thus constitutes one among the richest gene pool of rare medicinal and aromatic plants and other valuable herbs in the word. In fact, the kind of biodiversity present in Himalayan region is available nowhere in the world. Varying geographical features along with climatic conditions, and wide range of altitude, ecology, and topography have contributed in making the Himalayan region a rich repository in biodiversity.  

IMPORTANCE OF MAP AND OTHER VALUABLE HERBS: Over 3000 plant species are known for their medicinal properties in India. Several of the natural products derived from plants include life-saving drugs like codeine and morphine (analgesic antitussive alkaloids from Papaver somniferum-the opium poppy),  taxol (derived from Taxus baccata to cure cancer patients), vincristine and vinblastine (alkaloids extracted from periwinkle-Catharanthus roseus to treat leukemia),  quinine (the anti-malarial alkaloid derived from Cinchona bark); essences and fragrances like rose oil, jasmine; pesticides like nicotine (from Nicotiana tabacum) and pyrethrin (from Pyrethrum cineraryfolium) and raw material for Several of the natural products derived from plants include life-saving drugs like codeine and morphine (analgesic antitussive alkaloids from Papaver somniferum-the opium poppy),  taxol (derived from Taxus baccata to cure cancer patients), vincristine and vinblastine (alkaloids extracted from periwinkle-Catharanthus roseus to treat leukemia),  quinine (the anti-malarial alkaloid derived from Cinchona bark); essences and fragrances like rose oil, jasmine; pesticides like nicotine (from Nicotiana tabacum) and pyrethrin (from Pyrethrum cineraryfolium) and raw material for various industrial establishments such as pine oil, fatty acids and natural rubber. Important medicinal plants presently exploited by pharmaceutical industry in India along with endangered species of rare medicinal plants of Himalayan region are discussed. 

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