Special Issue "Morphological Features and Phytochemical Properties of Herbs"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fico Gelsomina
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Guest Editor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Milan Via Mangiagalli, 25, I-20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: medicinal plants; plant morpho-anatomy; microscopy; plant extracts; ecological role and biological activity of secondary metabolites; chemotaxonomy; ethnobotany
Dr. Claudia Giuliani
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Guest Editor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Milan Via Mangiagalli, 25, I-20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: medicinal plants; plant morpho-anatomy; microscopy; plant extracts; ecological role and biological activity of secondary metabolites; chemotaxonomy; ethnobotany

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the most recent results obtained in plant morphology and phytochemistry during the last several years, encompassing anatomical, micromorphological, ultrastructural, morphometric, chemosystematic, and taxonomic studies at species or lower and higher taxonomic levels.

This Special Issue aims to valorize works that simultaneously contemplate morphological investigations, with special emphasis on secretory structures (epidermal or tissue) in relation to the type of productivity in secondary metabolites. We expect the works to be new, therefore regarding taxa which have never been investigated before as regards the morpho-anatomical or ultrastructural descriptions performed by means of light and electron microscopy, as well as phytochemical characterization or chemosystematic approaches such as comparative HPLC-MS, GC-FID, GC-MS, NMR investigations, and others. The proposal of histochemical investigations is also encouraged. Comparative studies of the distribution of secondary metabolites at species level or within a lower or higher taxon (e.g., subspecies, genus, or family) are welcome. Comparative studies encompassing multiple accessions of each of the taxa within their distribution are particularly encouraged. We also welcome studies including morphometric or anatomical surveys that contribute to elucidating or clarifying the taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships, if accompanied by in-depth and rigorous literature research on the secondary metabolite profiles. Studies that combine the above-mentioned morphological and phytochemical analyses aiming at identifying adulterations or confounding between species are welcome.

Toward this purpose, we are glad to invite you to submit original research articles, reviews, and short communications.

Prof. Dr. Fico Gelsomina
Dr. Claudia Giuliani
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • morpho-anatomy
  • microscopy
  • secretory structures
  • phytochemistry
  • secondary metabolites
  • chemosystematics
  • taxonomy
  • phylogenetic relationships

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Micromorphology, Ultrastructure and Histochemistry of Commelina benghalensis L. Leaves and Stems
Plants 2021, 10(3), 512; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10030512 - 09 Mar 2021
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Commelina benghalensis L. is used as a traditional medicine in treating numerous ailments and diseases such as infertility in women, conjunctivitis, gonorrhea, and jaundice. This study used light and electron microscopy coupled with histochemistry to investigate the micromorphology, ultrastructure and histochemical properties of [...] Read more.
Commelina benghalensis L. is used as a traditional medicine in treating numerous ailments and diseases such as infertility in women, conjunctivitis, gonorrhea, and jaundice. This study used light and electron microscopy coupled with histochemistry to investigate the micromorphology, ultrastructure and histochemical properties of C. benghalensis leaves and stems. Stereo and scanning electron microscopy revealed dense non-glandular trichomes on the leaves and stems and trichome density was greater in emergent leaves than in the young and mature. Three morphologically different non-glandular trichomes were observed including simple multicellular, simple bicellular and simple multicellular hooked. The simple bicellular trichomes were less common than the multicellular and hooked. Transmission electron micrographs showed mitochondria, vesicles and vacuoles in the trichome. The leaf section contained chloroplasts with plastoglobuli and starch grains. Histochemical analysis revealed various pharmacologically important compounds such as phenols, alkaloids, proteins and polysaccharides. The micromorphological and ultrastructural investigations suggest that Commelina benghalensis L. is an economically important medicinal plant due to bioactive compounds present in the leaves and stems. Full article
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