The present compendium is first of its kind providing valuable data on 917 species belonging to 571 genera and 133 families of root drug plants of ethnic India; covering details of nomenclature, English, Hindi and Sanskrit names, Distribution, Part (s) used, Utilisation, Active constituents, Biological activity and the original source of Information. Over thirty-six photographs, three histograms, three tables and eight appendices enhance the value of the compilation significantly. It is hoped, this invaluable compendium with its comprehensive coverage of the subject would help researchers and the medicinal plant industry in general for development of newer plant based drugs for alleviating human suffering. Audience: Students and Scholars of Ethnobotany, Economic Botany, Pharmacists, Medical Practitioners, Chemists, Biotechnologists, Plant Genetic Research Institutions, Policy Planners.
Dr. S.K. Sood is Professor and Dean Faculty Life Sciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He obtained his M.Sc. (1974) and M.Phil. (1976) from Himachal Pradesh University and Ph.D. (1981) from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, specializing in Plant Systematics and Embryology. For his post-doctoral, he underwent specialized training in Ethnobotany. He has had a brilliant academic career (triple gold medalist) followed by over 25 years of teaching and conducting research in Botany at postgraduate as well as research levels. Dr. Sood has guided about 20 M.Phil. and 12 Ph.D. students and published numerous research papers in various national and international journals. He has attended and participated in many seminars, workshops and conferences. He is also associated with many educational and research bodies in India and abroad. His current major interests are in the theory and practice of systematics, flora of North-West Himalaya, ethnic tribes and conservation research.