Submitted to: Neem Tree
Publication Type: Literature Review
Publication Acceptance Date: July 10, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Known in Asia for centuries, the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) has only in the last 30 years become a topic of active scientific interest in the West. The first report on the anti-insectan activity of this plant was reported in India in the late 1920's, and thousands of articles have since followed dealing with different aspects of the neem tree. This immense amount of literature is exceptionally well covered in The Neem Tree, edited by the German scientist Heinrich Schmutterer. In eight chapters extending for more than 660 pages, the authors cover the taxonomy, distribution, chemistry, and uses of the neem tree, as well as its effects on organisms such as insects, viruses, bacteria, vertebrates, fungi, protozoa, and many other topics. An impressive aspect of the book was the 68 color photographs showing neem trees, fruits, seeds, flowers, and developmental effects on insects. Overall, this book, which could be rightly referred to as The Neem Bible, is an outstanding achievement.