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Australian Native Plants

Cultivation and Uses in the Health and Food Industries (Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times)

By Yasmina Sultanbawa (Edited by), Fazal Sultanbawa (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
Other Information: 68 black & white illustrations, 25 black & white tables
Published In: Canada, 01 June 2016
Australian Native Plants: Cultivation and Uses in the Health and Food Industries provides a comprehensive overview of native food crops commercially grown in Australia that possess nutritional and health properties largely unknown on a global basis. These native foods have been consumed traditionally, have a unique flavor diversity, offer significant health promoting effects, and contain useful functional properties. Australian native plant foods have also been identified for their promising antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that have considerable commercial potential. This book is divided into three parts: The first part reviews the cultivation and production of many Australian native plants (ANP), including Anise Myrtle, Bush Tomato, Desert Raisin, Davidson's Plum, Desert Limes, Australian Finger Lime, Kakadu Plum, Lemon Aspen, Lemon Myrtle, Muntries, Native Pepper, Quandong, Riberry, and Wattle Seed. It then examines the food and health applications of ANP and discusses alternative medicines based on aboriginal traditional knowledge and culture, nutritional characteristics, and bioactive compounds in ANP. In addition, it reviews the anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties of ANP and discusses food preservation, antimicrobial activity of ANP, and unique flavors from Australian native plants. The third section covers the commercial applications of ANP. It focuses on native Australian plant extracts and cosmetic applications, processing of native plant foods and ingredients, quality changes during packaging, and storage of Australian native herbs. The final few chapters look into the importance of value chains that connect producers and consumers of native plant foods, new market opportunities for Australian indigenous food plants, and the safety of using native foods as ingredients in the health and food sectors.

Table of Contents

Overview of Australian Native Plants Amanda Garner and La Vergne Lehmann CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION Cultivation of Anise Myrtle (Syzygium anisatum) Gary Mazzorana and Melissa Mazzorana Cultivation of Bush Tomato (Solanum centrale): Desert Raisin L. Slade Lee Cultivation of Davidson's Plum (Davidsonia spp.) Tony Page and Margo Watkins The Reproductive Systems of Davidson's Plum (Davidsonia jerseyana, D. pruriens, and D. johnsonii) and the Potential for Domestication Frances Eliott, Mervyn Shepherd, Maurizio Rossetto, and Robert Henry Cultivation of Desert Limes (Citrus glauca) Jock Douglas Cultivation of Australian Finger Lime (Citrus australasica) Sheryl Rennie Production of Terminalia ferdinandiana Excell ('Kakadu Plum') in Northern Australia Julian Gorman, Kim Courtenay, and Chris Brady Cultivation of Lemon Aspen (Acronychia acidula) Rus Glover Cultivation of Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) Gary Mazzorana and Melissa Mazzorana Cultivation of Muntries (Kunzea pomifera F. Muell.) Fazal Sultanbawa Cultivation of Native Pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata) Christopher D. Read Cultivation of Quandong (Santalum acuminatum) Ben Lethbridge Cultivation of Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii) Rus Glover Production of Wattle Seed (Acacia victoriae) Lyle Dudley FOOD AND HEALTH APPLICATIONS Alternative Medicines Based on Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and Culture Donna Savigni Nutritional Characteristics and Bioactive Compounds in Australian Native Plants: A Review David J. Williams and Mridusmita Chaliha Australian Native Plants: Anti-Obesity and Anti-Inflammatory Properties David J. Williams, Mridusmita Chaliha, and Yasmina Sultanbawa Food Preservation and the Antimicrobial Activity of Australian Native Plants Yasmina Sultanbawa Unique Flavors from Australian Native Plants Heather Smyth and Yasmina Sultanbawa COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS Native Australian Plant Extracts: Cosmetic Applications Hazel MacTavish-West Processing of Native Plant Foods and Ingredients Yasmina Sultanbawa Quality Changes during Packaging and Storage of Australian Native Herbs Mridusmita Chaliha Value Chains: Making the Connections between Producers and Consumers of Native Plant Foods Anoma Ariyawardana, Ray Collins, and Lilly Lim-Camacho New Market Opportunities for Australian Indigenous Food Plants Vic Cherikoff Appendix: Australian Native Food Recipes


About the Author

Yasmina Sultanbawa earned a graduateship in chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, in Sri Lanka, an MSc in food science from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, and a PhD in food chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Canada. After 15 years employment at the Industrial Technology Institute in Sri Lanka, she has worked for eight years as a senior food scientist at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, the past five of which she has been a senior research fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia. Fazal Sultanbawa earned a BSc and an MPhil in agriculture and crop science from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a PhD from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, focusing on biotechnology and the mass propagation of plants using tissue and protoplast culture. For the past five years, he has been technical manager at Agrichem Pty Ltd., Brisbane, Australia, a leading international plant nutrition company, where he is responsible for developing their crop nutrition programs, R&D programs, and the conduct of field trials. He also has held senior management positions in several national and international companies.


This is a useful book not only for the plants it covers in detail, but also for its illustration of cultivation considerations that is transferrable to other plants in other regions. It also captures the zeitgeist under which Australian native plants are now operating. Throughout the book, references are made to working in partnerships with Aboriginal stakeholders... it seems much more likely that under this relatively new approach the diversity of applications of Australian natural plants will flourish. -- Susanne Masters, Bournemouth UK

EAN: 9781482257144
ISBN: 1482257149
Publisher: Apple Academic Press Inc.
Dimensions: 23.37 x 15.75 x 2.29 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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