The books "Seed Album of Some Medicinal Plants of India" is a novel experiment-a deviation from the normal trend of focusing the leaves and flowers of a plant.
The book not only depicts the morphological diversity and beauty of seeds but also assists in an instant identification of the plants through attractive photographs of seeds/fruits. The physiological aspects such as seed dormancy, germination, viability and propagation methods have also been given due consideration for facilitating the cultivation which is a need of the hour in light of increasing awareness for and demand of medicinal plants so as to prevent their exhaustion from the nature and ultimately prevent their extinction.
The genuineness of the drug and its sustained supply are also ensured. The medicinal uses of the plants are also described in this book. The plants are integral part of the humanlife and the seed is the most vital entity of the life cycle of a plant which has been given due importance in the present book.
About the Authors:
Sanket K. Joshi is lecturer (Medicinal Plants Cultivation) at Institute of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plant Sciences, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. He received his M.Sc. (Agri.) in Horticulture from Gujarat Agricultural University, Junagadh in 2000. He has a rich experience of teaching medicinal plants cultivation for five years. He has attended a number of national and international seminars and workshops pertaining to medicinal plants cultivation. He has also acted as a resource person in training and orientation programme for promotion of cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). He also co-guided six students of M.Sc. (Medicinal Plants) for their dissertation in medicinal plants cultivation.
Mr. Tarun Prajapati is M.Sc. in Medicinal Plants from Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar (Gujarat) India and Specialized on various aspects such as ayurveda, vrikshayurveda, cultivation practices of medicinal plants, post harvesting management, quality control, ethno medicine, arid ecology, rain water harvesting system, organic farming etc. He is also an expert marketing link between farmers and export houses. Mr. Prajapati is well known author of various books on medicinal plant sector. One of the famous book written by him as a co-author named "A Hand Book of Medicinal Plants". Tarun Prajapati delivered lectures in International and National seminars and workshops on above aspects. Mr Tarun Prajapati is the founder trustee of "Asian Medicinal Plants and Health Care Trust" and looking after the research and publication work of the trust. He is a chief editor of well known monthly magazine Amaltas. He is CEO of Sonamukhi Udhyog.
Anant Kumar Joshi is Seed Research Officer, National Seeds Project at Junagadh Agricultural University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Biology (Plant Physiology) from Saurashtra Universitiy in 1984. His research and interest focus on seed physiology, medicinal plant cultivation, physiological and biochemical events in relation to productivity and environmental stresses. He has more than two dozen of papers to presentations in symposia and seminars. He received four times the Hari Om Ashram Prerit Bhai Kaka awards for the best papers published in the disciplines of Botany and Agricultural Sciences, and the best paper presentation award in a National Symposium recently in 2005. He has been a resource person in many training and orientation programmes including the one for "Promotion of cultivation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants" sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) where he delivered a lecture on "Role of Biotechnology in Medicinal Plants." He is a renowned scientist and a born teacher.