Plants as Food and Medicine

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1384

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Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Interests: ethnobotany; ethnopharmacology; nutraceuticals; phytotherapy; natural product drug discovery; plant systematics; conservation biology; evolutionary biology

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Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
Interests: lipid based formulations; self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery systems (SNEDDS); poorly water-soluble dugs; bioavailability enhancement; targeted drug delivery; nanomedicine; cancer; natural product drug discovery; plant systematics; bioactive SNEDDS (bio-SNEDDS)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medicinal plants or medicinal herbs have been identified and used since ancient times to improve the sensory characteristics of food. Turning medicinal plants into food products is an excellent strategy for producing functional foods, because plant-based extracts are rich in phytochemicals, with particular importance due to the health-beneficial effects. Plants synthesize these compounds for a variety of purposes, including the protection of the plant against fungi and bacteria, defense against insects and the attraction of pollinators and dispersal agents to favor the dispersion of seeds and pollens. Natural extracts from medicinal plants can be used as effective strategies to produce functional foods, therefore achieving a significant increase in social and environmental sustainability. However, extensive research on sensory characteristics, antioxidant and antimicrobial sources, the optimization of the concentrations of the extracts, and better knowledge of the mechanisms of the implications for the shelf life of food is still required.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish original research work related to the use of plants as medicine, food, and other beneficial applications in society. Research work related mainly to ethnobotany, wild food resources (fruits, vegetables, and spices), and their evaluation with regard to antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities, and applications in food systems is welcome. Papers should contribute significantly to furthering scientific knowledge in the abovementioned scientific fields.

Dr. Raees Khan
Prof. Dr. Mohsin Kazi
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  • ethnobotany
  • ethnopharmacology
  • nutraceuticals
  • phytotherapy
  • natural product drug discovery
  • plant systematics
  • conservation biology
  • evolutionary biology

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Wild Edible Fruits as a Source of Food and Medicine: A Study among Tribal Communities of Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
by Sheikh Zain Ul Abidin, Raees Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad, Alain Cuerrier, Muhammad Zafar, Asad Ullah, Jabbar Khan, Asma Saeed, Wahidah H. Al-Qahtani and Mohsin Kazi
Plants 2024, 13(1), 39; - 21 Dec 2023
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Botanical surveys in all parts of Pakistan are mainly focused on ethnomedicinal uses of plants, and very little attention has been paid to documenting edible wild fruit species (EWFs). Multiple methodologies and tools were used for data collection. In a recent survey 74 [...] Read more.
Botanical surveys in all parts of Pakistan are mainly focused on ethnomedicinal uses of plants, and very little attention has been paid to documenting edible wild fruit species (EWFs). Multiple methodologies and tools were used for data collection. In a recent survey 74 EWF species belonging to 29 families were documented, including their medicinal uses for the treatment of various diseases. The most cited (23%) preparation method was raw, fresh parts. The UV and RFC of EWF species ranged from 0.08 to 0.4 and from 0.02 to 0.18, respectively. In terms of specific disease treatments and their consensus, the ICF ranged from 0 to 0.38. Sexual, gastrointestinal, and respiratory disorders had the highest use reports, and 11 species of plants had the highest FL of 100%. On the basis of uses reported by the inhabitants of seven districts of Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, the CSI ranged from the lowest 1.3 to the highest 41. It is concluded that the traditional uses of EWF species depend mainly on socio-economic factors rather than climatic conditions or the number of species. However, there is a gradual loss of traditional knowledge among the younger generations. The present survey is the first baseline study about the socio-economic dimension of local communities regarding the use of EWF species for food as well as medicine. Full article
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