Biology Of Genus Boswellia by Ahmed Al-harrasiBiology Of Genus Boswellia by Ahmed Al-harrasi

Biology Of Genus Boswellia

byAhmed Al-harrasi, Abdul Latif Khan, Sajjad Asaf

Hardcover | May 17, 2019

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This book provides insight into the biology and genomics of the genus Boswellia (family Burseraceae), a natural resource used for the production of frankincense, an oleo-gum resin. The Boswellia species are ecologically, medicinally, commercially and culturally important. Significantly contributing to the paucity of comprehensive literature on this genus, this volume provides a detailed discussion on the genomics, physiology and ecology of Boswellia. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including taxonomy, distribution, genetic diversity and microbiology. The production process of frankincense and its impact on the species are presented as well. In light of the recent decline of various Boswellia populations, species propagation and conservation are discussed. Plant scholars, ecologists and conservation biologists will find this book to be an important and informative reference.
Prof. Ahmed Al-Harrasi received his BSc in Chemistry from Sultan Qaboos University (Oman) in 1997 his MSc in Chemistry from the Free University of Berlin in 2002 and his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2005 as a DAAD-fellow under the supervision of Prof. Hans-Ulrich Reissig. His PhD work was on New Transformations of Enantiopure 1,2-oxazin...
Title:Biology Of Genus BoswelliaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:173 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:May 17, 2019Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030167240

ISBN - 13:9783030167240


Table of Contents



  1. History and Archeology
  2. Taxonomy, distribution, and ecology

-         Taxonomy ofBoswellia

-         Distribution

-         Habitat and abundance

-         Ecological significance

-         Tree population management

  • Resin collection and tapping practices
  • -         Tapping tree

    -         Resin composition

    -         Resin grades

    -         Post-harvest technologies

  • Tree growth and physiology
  • -         Tree growth and climatic adaptations

    -         Abiotic stresses

    -         Biotic invasions

    -         Biochemical responses

    -         Endogenous phytohormonal variations

    -         Gene expression against wounding

  • Microbial symbionts
  • -         Endophytic bacterial communities

    -         Endophytic fungal microbiome

    -         Rhizospheric microbiome and its variation

    -         Potential microbes and their role

    -         Genomics of microbial symbionts

  • Genetic diversity and population structure
  • -         Molecular marker assessment

    -         Heterozygosity and gene flow across population

    -         Population structure and variation

    -         Threats to populations

  • Genome sequencing and comparative assessment inBoswellia
  • -         Chloroplast genome sequencing

    -         Comparative analysis of chloroplast genome

    -         Phylogenetic analysis with related species

    -         Molecular markers development

    -         Whole genome sequencing

  • Economics and social use
  • -         Uses by local communities

    -         Medicinal importance

    -         Trade across Mediterranean

  • Propagation and conservation
  • -         Tissue culture

    -         Cultivation practices

    -         In situ conservation strategies

    -         Ex situ conservation strategies

    -         Breeding and plant growth

    -         Soil preparation and plantation

    Phytochemical and medicinal aspects of Resin

             Biosynthesis of key triterpenes

             Phytochemical analysis of triterpenes

             Isolated natural triterpenes and their biological activities

            Frankincense extracts and their biological activities

    Phytochemical and medicinal aspects of essential oil

             Distillation methods

             Biosynthesis of key volatile constitutes 

             Mass Spectrometry of essential oil

             Olfactometry and key odorants

             Biological activities of essential oil

             Frankincense oil as food additives

    Pyrolysis of Frankincense


             Chemical analysis

    Frankincense-based products

             Fragrance products

             Cosmetic products

             Pharmaceutical products