Asteraceae: Characteristics, Distribution and Ecology


Millicent Tessier (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI011000

In Asteraceae: Characteristics, Distribution and Ecology, the authors first review different factors that affect the chemical composition of essential oils such as chemotype, ecotype, phenology, organ type and extraction method.

Cichorium sp., Cynara sp., Helianthus sp., Taraxacum sp. and Lactuca sp are widely used by the general population in the forms of teas and infusions, as well as in direct contact with wounds. In order to potentiate the action of these plants and direct these compounds to their place of action, this collection reviews some strategies that have been developed to direct these compounds to their place of action.

Next, the authors present information established from available scientific literature discussing the ethnopharmacological, biologicaland phytochemical activities of some important endemic medicinal species from Asteraceae family growing in Algerian Sahara namely: Anvillea radiata Coss, Brocchia cinerea, Bubonium graveolens, Launaea arborescens and Warionia saharae.

The concluding chapter focuses on the endemic and rare species of the Asteraceae family in the southern Iberian Peninsula. Its global floristic contingent includes a large number of genera and species that are distributed throughout a wide range of environments from sea level to Mediterranean high mountains on all substrate types.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Asteraceae: Variations in Essential Oil Chemical Composition and Bioactivity
(Carmen Rossini, María Laura Umpiérrez, Federico Rodrigo and Anna Paula Burgueño, Laboratorio de Ecología Química, Facultad de Química, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay)

Chapter 2. Advances in the Development of Pharmaceutical Products Using Some Asteraceae Species
(Rita de Cássia M. de Miranda, PhD, Abia de Jesus Martins, Erika Alves da Fonseca Amorim, Claudio Baltazar de Sousa, Roberval Nascimento Moraes Neto, Edelvio de Barros Gomes, PhD, and Luís Claudio Nascimento Silva, PhD, São Luís; Maranhão, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 3. Endemic Asteraceae from Algerian Sahara: Potential Medicinal Value and Chemical Diversities
(Abdelkrim Cheriti, Phytochemistry and Organic Synthesis Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, UTMB, Algeria)

Chapter 4. Endemic and Rare Species of Asteraceae from the Southern Iberian Peninsula: Ecology, Distribution and Syntaxonomy
(Eusebio Cano1, Ana Cano-Ortiz, Carmelo M. Musarella, José C. Piñar Fuentes, Ricardo Quinto-Canas, Giovanni Spampinato and Carlos J. Pinto Gomes, Department of Animal and Plant Biology and Ecology, Section of Botany, University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain, and others)


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