Course: Medicinal Plants

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Course title Medicinal Plants
Course code BOT/LER
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Křístková Eva, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
General characteristics of medicinal plants, the most important groups, history of cultivation, collecting and use of medicinal plants; The most important chemical compounds and their effects: Amino-acids, peptides, proteins; Sugars; Cellulose, gums, pectins; Lipids; Glycosides; Tannins; Essential oils; Alkaloids; Hormones; Enzymes; Vitamins; Antibiotics; Biological characteristics of the most important plant families and species of medicinal plants grown under conditions of the Central Europe (Apiaceae, Boraginaceae, Lamiaceae, Asteraceae, Ranunculaceae, Brassicaceae, Malvaceae, Solanaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Rosaceae, Verbenaceae, Valerianaceae, Plantaginaceae, Tiliaceae and others); Biological characteristics of the most important plant families and species of cultivated medicinal plants: Polygonaceae (Rheum), Rosaceae (Agrimonia), Fabaceae (Galega, Glycyrrhiza, Ononis, Trigonella), Onagraceae (Oenothera), Apiaceae (Anethum, Archangelica, Carum, Coriandrum, Foeniculum, Levisticum, Pimpinella), Hypericaceae (Hypericum), Malvaceae (Alcea, Althea, Malva), Valerianaceae (Valeriana), Solanaceae (Atropa, Hyoscyamus), Scrophulariaceae (Digitalis, Verbascum), Plantaginaceae (Plantago), Lamiaceae (Hyssopus, Ladanella, Lavandula, Leonurus, Majorana, Marrubium, Melissa, Mentha, Ocimum, Origanum, Salvia, Satureja, Thymus), Asteraceae (Achillea, Arctium, Artemisia, Calendula, Cnicus, Chamaemellum, Inula, Matricaria, Silybum); Plant cultivation and collecting, processing and drug use; Legislation aspects Students will learn (preferably on living plants) to recognize the most significant morphological traits typical for selected plant families and will train cultivation of plants and their drug processing. Lessons (lectures and practical exercises) will be given in the Botanic garden Faculty of Science Palacký University, and greenhouses of the Department of botany in Olomouc - Holice.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Observation, Laboratory Work
Learning outcomes
The main aim of this subject is to give the students fundamental information on the most important groups of medicinal plants growing under climatic conditions of the Central Europe, on their chemical compounds and effects, principles of their cultivation, collecting and processing.
Knowledge of the most important groups of medicinal plants growing under climatic conditions of the Central Europe, their chemical compounds and effects, principles of their cultivation, collecting and processing.
Prerequisites
Knowledge of the most frequent plant species of the flora of the Czech Republic and Europe.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam

Knowledge in extent of lectures, practical exercises and recommended literature, 100% participation in practical exercises; Correct determination (Czech and scientific name) of selected species of medicinal plats (living or herbarized samples).
Recommended literature
  • Daniel M. (2006). medicinal plants, chemistry and properties. Enfield.
  • Hejný B., Slavík J. (eds.). Květena České republiky (1. - 7. díl). Academia, Praha..
  • Herman F. (2007). 100 českých léčivých rostlin. Praha.
  • Jahodář L. (2006). Farmakobotanika - semenné rostliny. Praha.
  • Jahodář L. (2010). Léčivé rostliny v současné medicíně. Praha.
  • Korbelář J., Endris Z. (1981). Naše rostliny v lékařstv. Avicenum, Praha..
  • Kresánek J. ml., Kresánek J. st. (2008). Atlas liečivých rastlín a lesných plodov. Martin, Ostveta.
  • Neugebauerová J. (2006). Pěstování léčivých a kořeninových rostlin. Brno.
  • Rychter M., Severa F. (1971). Léčivé rostliny. SZN, Praha..
  • Valíček P. (2003). Léčivé rostliny a omamné drogy. Brno.


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