HerbalGram Issues Issue #39 CRC Handbook of Medicinal Mints (Aromathematics) Phytochemicals and Biological Activities.
CRC Handbook of Medicinal Mints (Aromathematics) Phytochemicals and Biological Activities.
Since the publication of Duke's previous databases, including the CRC Handbook of Phytochemical Constituents of GRAS Herbs and other Economic Plants and the CRC Handbook of Biological Activities (both published in 1992), he and colleague Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg have nearly doubled the number of species, phytochemicals, and biological activities included in their database. The present volume focuses only on species of the Lamiaceae (Labiatae), the mint family, one of the most important families of economically significant aromatic species. Data on over 200 taxa are featured, arranged alphabetically by scientific name (followed by common name). An alphabetical list of the known compounds is given, followed by their occurrence in parts per million, the plant part tested, and a citation. For more obscure mint family members, information is often drawn from a single citation. Chemical quantification data in ppm are given in either aggregated (range of ppm) or unaggregated for m, with a single figure. The authors have devised computation methods by which the analyses can be evaluated for predicting potential biological activity based on concentration of a specific compound. The database can be accessed at: http://www.arsgrin.gov/~ngrlsb/. A second section of the book provides a list of biological activities for each compound (keyed to a reference). A bibliography of over 500 references complements the text. This useful reference combines aroma-thematics with aro-mathematics to provide useful data in a unique format valuable to any specialist in medicinal and aromatic plants. Article copyright American Botanical Council. ~~~~~~~~ By Steven Foster">by Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg and James A. Duke. CRC Press, 2000 Corporate Blvd., N. W., Boca Raton, FL 33431. 1996. 458 pp. Cloth, $129.95. ISBN # 0-8493-2665-6. ABC BookStore #B239.p#