Nwainmbi Simon Chia

Belo Rural Development Project (BERUDEP), PMB, P.O. Box 5, Belo-Boyo, N.W. Province. Cameroon Few information is available on the pharmacological properties of vetiver and vetiver oil. I though it was important to include, though limited, the personal Cameroonian experience of Dr Nwainmbi Simon Chia, who collected a certain amount of data that is presented here. Hence, this chapter has to be considered more as a short communication than a review chapter, being the only available data on vetiver...

Initiatives

Of all vetiver's applications, controlling soil erosion is by far the best understood and furthest advanced. Probably 90 percent of all the work to date has been devoted to this initiative, and the fact that the plant stops soil loss is now abundantly clear. The effect is due largely to the strength of the stems in hedges placed along the contours of hillslopes. The progress of this initiative must not be slackened. Soil erosion is arguably the worst global environmental problem, and for much...

References

Adams, R.P. and Dafforn, M.R. (1997) DNA fingerprints (RAPDs) of the pantropical grass vetiver, Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash (Gramineae), reveal a single clone, Sunshine, is widely utilized for erosion control. TVN Newsletters, 18. Baker, D.E. and Eldershaw, V.J. (1993) Interpreting soil analyses for agricultural land use in Queensland. Project Report Series Q093014, QDPI, Brisbane, Australia. Bor, N.L. (I960) Grasses of Burma, Ceylon, India and Pakistan, Pergamon Press, Oxford. Bowen,...

Uses and Economic Importance of Vetiver

For centuries vetiver has been used in India both as an aromatic plant and for medicinal purposes, and as a plant used for soil conservation. The scented roots are used directly in the making of mats, baskets, fans, bags, curtains, etc., or indirectly by extraction for the distillation of the essential oil. From India the vetiver spread throughout the Tropics. One particular impetus for the spreading of the plant proved to be the Colonial Period, during which it spread both as an aromatic plant...

Dr Paul Truong

Principal Soil Conservationist,ResourceSciencesCentre, Queensland Department of Natural Resources. Brisbane, Australia. Although vetiver grass Vetiveria zizanioides L. has been used for land protection purposes in tropical and subtropical countries for more than a century, its real impact as a low cost, effective and simple method of soil conservation in agricultural land only emerged in the late 1980s. This was a result of its development for soil and water conservation by the World Bank in...

Vetivar Grass Ohio

a D195 35.0 CHCl3, c 1.6 Spectra IR, 1H NMR 1H NMR 8 TMS, CCl4 0.62, 0.67, 0.75 3H, s , 0.88 and 0.91 3H each, d, J 6.5 Hz , 1.02 3H, s . Andersen, 1970a, 1970b Kido et al., 1969a C15H24O 220.35 Spectra IR, 1H NMR 1H NMR 8 TMS, CDCl3 0.75 3H, s, CH3 , 1.0 3H, d, CH3 , 1.02 3H, s, CH3 , 3.42 and 3.78 2H, ddd, J 3.0 Hz, 5.5 Hz and 10.5 Hz, -CH2OH Derivatives Cyclocopacamphenic and epicyclocopacamphenic acids. Figure 4.9 Cyclization of FPP to cyclocopacamphane compounds via the cadinane skeleton....