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Authors: Tom Reynolds
ISBN-13: 9780415306720, ISBN-10: 0415306728
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: CRC Press
Date Published: January 2004
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Tom Reynolds

Book Synopsis

Aloes are a large genus of plants, about 450 species, from sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and parts of Arabia. Many species are widespread in warm or tropical semi-arid regions, yet the distribution of others is limited to a few living in desert or wet mountainous regions. While some species have been adopted as medicinal plants since ancient times and others are used locally in folk medicine, scientists have yet to discover the full biological activity of the many aloe compounds. In order to realize the vast potential of the genus, it is essential to gather the knowledge acquired over the last fifty years into one comprehensive compilation.

A landmark publication, Aloes: The genus Aloes reviews all botanical, chemical, biochemical, and medical information as well as commercial applications of aloes. The first part of the book features information on the habitat and taxonomy of aloes, followed by a section on aloe constituents. Part 3 focuses on therapeutic activity and includes chapters on aloe's role in wound healing, skin cancer, and the immune system. The final section is devoted to aloe biology. Chapters are written by accomplished contributors who share their expertise and insight from all areas of academia and industry.

Providing a solid foundation for future research, this volume brings together a wealth of information on aloes from a variety of sources, including seldom-recorded folk customs. It is a valuable guide for researchers and professionals in the areas of botany, natural product chemistry, pharmacology, dermatology, and immunology.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface to the series
Pt. 1The plants1
1Aloes in habitat3
2Taxonomy of aloaceae15
Pt. 2Aloe constituents37
3Aloe chemistry39
4Aloe polysaccharides75
5Aloe lectins and their activities88
6Analytical methodology : the gel-analysis of aloe pulp and its derivatives111
7Analytical methodology : the exudate127
8Industrial processing and quality control of Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) gel139
Pt. 3Therapeutic activity of aloes207
9Healing powers of aloes209
10Aloe vera in wound healing239
11Aloe vera in thermal and frostbite injuries251
12Plant saccharides and the prevention of sun-induced skin cancer265
13Aloes and the immune system311
14Bioactivity of Aloe arborescens preparations333
Pt. 4Aloe biology353
15The chromosomes of Aloe - variation on a theme355
16Aloe leaf anatomy361
17Pests of aloes367