Professor Johannes van Staden, Director of the Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development-University of KwaZulu
Natal, conducts research in the field of plant physiology, biotechnology, and ethnomedicine. The research span over a wide range
of plant families growing in the southern African region. The plant family Amaryllidaceae, known for its ornamental and pharmacological
values, received much attention by his research group. This review covers research conducted by his group on the chemistry
of some members of Amaryllidaceae and biological activities of their constituents.