Oregano – The genus Origanum (Lamiaceae): Taxonomy, Cultivation, Chemistry, and Uses


Tuncay Dirmenci (Editor) – Department of Biology Education, Necatibey Education Faculty, Balıkesir University, Balıkesir, Turkey

Series: Botanical Research and Practices
BISAC: HEA011000; SCI073000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/IUZG7821

Since the first days of community life, human beings have used different plant species for food, fodder, construction materials, fuel, dyes and treatment of diseases, among other applications. The Lamiaceae family is one of the most important plant families that includes many species that people use for various purposes in their daily life. Origanum contains several species commonly used as spices and tea for medicinal purposes, and is one of the most commercially important genera within the family Lamiaceae. In this book, the genus Origanum is introduced in seven chapters in detail. Taxonomy of Origanum is given in the first chapter, pollen characteristics are given in the second chapter, phylogeny, biogeography and character evolution are given in the third chapter, cultivated species, suitable varieties for agriculture, yield and quality characteristics, and harvesting processes are given in the fourth chapter, secondary metabolites (monoterpenes, phenolics, flavonoids, diterpenes etc.) are given in the fifth chapter, biological activities (antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic activity) are given in the sixth chapter, and finally the traditional uses and prescriptions, pharmacology, commercial and economic importance of the genus are given in the seventh chapter.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Taxonomy of Origanum L. (Lamiaceae)
(Tuncay Dirmenci, Turan Arabacı, Taner Özcan , Bryan Drew, Türker Yazıcı, Esra Martin and Ferhat Celep – Department of Biology Education, Necatibey Education Faculty, Balıkesir University, Balıkesir, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 2. Pollen Morphology of Origanum L. (Lamiaceae)
(Sevcan Çelenk – Bursa Uludag University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Biology, Aerobiology Laboratory, Nilüfer -Bursa-Turkey)

Chapter 3. Phylogeny, Biogeography and Character Evolution of Origanum L. (Lamiaceae)
(Ferhat Celep, Taner Özcan, Jeffrey P. Ros, Türker Yazıcı and Tuncay Dirmenci – Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Letters, Kırıkkale University, Kırıkkale, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 4. Cultivation of Oregano
(Emine Bayram and Olcay Arabacı – Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Field Crops, İzmir, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 5. Secondary Metabolites of Origanum L. (Lamiaceae)
(Züleyha Özer, Ahmet C. Gören, Turgut Kılıç, Sema Çarıkçı, William Setzer and Tuncay Dirmenci – Department of Chemistry, Altinoluk Vocational School, Balikesir University, Edremit-Balikesir, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 6. Biological Activities of Origanum L. (Lamiaceae)
(Sema Çarıkçı, Ahmet C. Gören, Turgut Kılıç, Züleyha Özer, Turan Arabacı, William N. Setzer and Tuncay Dirmenci – Vocational School, Izmir Democracy University, Izmir, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 7. A Review on Traditional Uses, Pharmacology, Commercial and Economic Importance of Origanum L. (Lamiaceae)
(Selami Selvi, Rıdvan Polat and Zafer Füsun Ertuğ – Department of Plant and Animal Production, University of Balıkesir, Edremit, Balıkesir, Turkey, et al.)


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