Betula: Ecology and Uses

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Carl T. Bertelsen (Editor)

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI011000

The genus Betula, generally known as birch, belongs to the family Betulaceae. There are about 83 recognized species of Betula, all of which are essential ecological components of northern temperate and boreal woodlands in many parts of the world.

The species of this genus have a good tolerance to freezing temperature and water deficit, as well as high sensitivity to UV-B exposure.
The chemical composition of Betula pubescens Ehrh. and Betula pendula Roth. buds is assessed, providing data on their biological activities.

Betula species show antiarthritic, anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, gastroprotective, hepatoprotective and immunomodulatory activities, and the authors propose that it is important to consider the biopharmaceutical properties of the secondary metabolites for further development.
(Imprint: Nova)

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Preface

Chapter 1. Betula L.: Distribution, Ecology and Phytochemicals
(Mohammad Saleem Wani, Younas Rasheed Tantary, Raghbir Chand Gupta and Ishrat Jan and Showkat Ahmad Zarger, Mohammad Saleem Wani, PhD, Department of Botany, Punjabi University Patiala, India, and others)

Chapter 2. Adaptive Strategies of Betula Species to Environmental Stress
(Cristina T. Dobrota, Anca Butiuc-Keul and Rahela Carpa, Institute of Research Development and Innovation in Applied Natural Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and others)

Chapter 3. Extractives of the Birches Vegetative Buds
(Dmitriy N. Vedernikov and Victor I. Roshchin, Department of Forest Chemical Products Technology, Chemistry of Wood and Biotechnology, Kirov St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Chapter 4. Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of Betula Spp. and Betula Derived Products
(Miroslava Kačániová and Eva Ivanišová, Department of Fruit Sciences, Viticulture and Enology, Slovak University of Agriculture, Slovakia, and others)

Chapter 5. Use of Betula Species Extracts in Therapeuthic and Preventive Oral Health Care
(Diana A. Florea, Maria Tomoaia-Cotisel and Cristina T. Dobrota, Department of Conservative Dentistry, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and others)

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