Prosopis: Properties, Uses and Diversity


Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: NAT026000

Target Audience: Students and researchers from the fields of environment, forestry, livestock, chemistry, pharmacy and health sciences.

Prosopis is an intriguing genus of flowering plants found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia. Although some invasive Prosopis species cause economic and environmental damage, others offer a wide range of benefits, including the use of some Prosopis species for human and animal food which has provided valuable resources for some of the poorest communities. This seven chapter book is based around a discussion of experts’ points-of-views and aims at updating scientific advances on the Prosopis species around important themes such as ecosystems, pollution, public health, veterinary medicine, greenhouse effects, feed additives, neurotoxicity, cancer and allergies. Reading the chapters will help the reader become more aware of the growing relevance, importance and impact of Prosopis species worldwide and it certainly will surprise and instigate the reader to seek an even more awakened look at the most different possibilities for applying Prosopis species in new strategies and technologies for a better world.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Ecosystem services of the Prosopis caldenia woodlands in the Argentinean Pampas
(Maria Laura Cangiano, Maria Alicia Cendoya, Mónica Álvarez Redondo, Ricardo Daniel Ernst, Mirta Mabel Gómez, María Sofía Larroulet, Gisela Evelina López, Héctor Daniel Estelrich, Ernesto Francisco Atilio Morici, Carla Etel Suárez, Natalia Sawczuk, Marcos Reyes, Lucia Risio Allione and Stella Marys Bogino – North Carolina State University (NCSU), Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab, ARS, USDA et al.)

Chapter 2. Environmental Fluoride pollution and its removal by hyperaccumulator plant Prosopis juliflora using phytoremediation technology
(Poonam Saini, Preeti, and Dinesh Panwar – Rakesh P. G College Pilani, Rajashan, India et al.)

Chapter 3. Prosopis Genus: Potential uses and applications with special reference to Public Health and in Veterinary Medicine
(Pedro Mendoza de Gives, Edgar Jesús Delgado-Núñez, David Osvaldo Salinas-Sánchez, Agustín Olmedo-Juárez and Manasés González-Cortazar – Centro Nacional de Investigación Disciplinaria en Salud Animal e Inocuidad, INIFAP, Jiutepec, Morelos, México et al.)

Chapter 4. Enriched piperidine alkaloid extract from mesquite as a feed additive for ruminants
(Mara Lúcia Albuquerque Pereira and Leandro Santos e Silva – Department of Animal Science, State University of Southwest Bahia, Itapetinga, Bahia, Brazil et al.)

Chapter 5. Neurotoxicity of Prosopis juliflora: use of in vitro study models to clarify mechanisms of action of piperidine alkaloids
(Joana da Luz Kriechhammer, Victor Diogenes Amaral da Silva and Silvia Lima Costa – Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Cell Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Institute of Health Sciences, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil)

Chapter 6. Therapeutic Potential of Prosopis juliflora against Cancer
(Geeta Arya, R. Mankamna Kumari and Surendra Nimesh – Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India)

Chapter 7. Prosopis juliflora pollen allergy
(Mohammad-Ali Assarehzadegan – Immunology Research Center, Institute of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Immunology department, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran)


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