Vetiveria is one of the most versatile genera in plant kingdom. For example, the species Vetiveria zizanoides produces oderous roots from which a precious essential oil is distilled and used in a variety of applications from perfumery to ethnopharmacology. The same roots give the plant particular characteristics that make it a valuable natural barrier against erosion. Vetiveria: The Genus Vetiveria describes the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, essential oil biogenesis and chemical composition, ethnopharmacology and distillation. The book covers the production of plants for oil exploration, the use of Vetiver as an ecological tool against erosion, flood, soil pollution, and many other applications.
1. Introduction to the Genus Vetiveria 2. Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology 3. Collection, Harvesting, Processing, Alternative Uses and Production of Essential Oil 4. Chemical Constituents and Essential Oil Biogenesis in Vetiveria zizanoides 5. Ethnopharmacology and Pharmacological Properties of Vetiveria zizanoides - Including Pharmacologic and Pharmacokinetic Properties 6. Vetiver Grass Technology 7. Biotechnology 8. Economic Importance, Market Trends and Industrial Needs and Environmental Importance 9. Beyond the Vetiver Hedge - Organizing Vetiver's Next Steps to Global Acceptance Aromatic Plants, India
"The presentation of the book is excellent…provides complete information…the text is complemented with a very complete index that includes all the terms referred to in the different chapters."
-- Plant Science Bulletin 50(2), 2004