IT’S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE: IN VITRO METHODS FOR STORING MEDICINAL PLANT GERMPLASM

By Rustin A. Rohani, MA, BSc Despite the arrival of pharmaceutical drugs, humans have historically used plants to treat illnesses (Ganie et al., 2015). Even today, there are about 30 essential drugs directly sourced from plants (Veeresham, 2012). There are almost 18,000 documented medicinal plants in the world with many of them threatened from climate …

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DEATH OF THE DELTA

delta ecosystem

The Threat of Climate Change, Drought, and Hydropower Dams on the Mekong River’s Traditional Medicinal Plants and HealersAdd New by Dr. Michele Devlin The Mekong is the world’s 12th largest river and the longest in Southeast Asia. Its headwaters begin in China, and it then meanders for 2,700 miles through Tibet, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, …

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GINSENG AND THE FATE OF THE COMMONS: A LESSON FROM HISTORY

by Luke Manget, PhD By the turn of the twentieth century, the imminent extinction of ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) was one of the common topics of conversation around the country stores. Ginseng had been a lucrative commodity in the United States since the 1730s when European and colonial traders realized the value of a common woodland …

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MEDICINAL PLANTS USED IN TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE IN THE FIFA VILLAGE/SOUTHERN JORDAN

by Abdullah Aloshoush Abstract This study was conducted to identify the uses of plant species in traditional medicine in the Fifa village and to collect this information and save it from loss. Some of this information is not scientifi cally documented but is personally tested by some local communities. The questionnaire was taken with key …

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A STORY OF MEDICINAL PLANTS FROM THE OGIEK OF KENYA

ogiek hunter

By Fidensio Kinyamu Ndegwa In the Rift valley of Kenya, near Nakuru town is Mau forest. Mau forest is an important water tower, a source of numerous important rivers, including the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro, Sondu, Mara, and and Njoro. The Mara River is particularly important because the story of the wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara …

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THE LONG ROAD TO SUSTAINABLE LICORICE

licorice

by Josef A. Brinckmann Licorice, the roots, rhizomes, and stolons of Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis, and more rarely G. inflata,1 is among the most widely used medicinal plants globally, in terms of annual quantities harvested and exported but also in terms of the number of formulations that contain it, especially in the traditional Chinese,2 Japanese …

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GENETIC RESOURCES CONSERVED BY NATIONAL CENTER FOR GENETIC RESOURCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (NACGRAB) NIGERIA AND THE MEDICINAL AND VETERINARY USES OF THESE GENETIC RESOURCES

aspilia africana

by Timothy Oluwafemi Ajiboye The National Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB) is the focal point for genetic resources conservation, and the head of the National Centre is the secretary and the registrar of the national committee on variety registration and release. Nigeria has a wide diversity of habitat, from arid areas to swamps …

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ZHUMERIA MAJDAE, AN ENDEMIC ENDANGERED AROMATIC PLANT FROM SOUTH IRAN

zhumeria majdae

by Ziba Jamzad Zhumeria majdae is a small aromatic shrub with grey foliage from the mint family. It is an endemic plant distributed in a small area in a subtropical climate in the mountainous area in south Iran. Botanically, it was collected for the fi rst time in 1966 and subsequently described in 1967 as …

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MEDICINAL AROMATIC PLANTS OF THE ARID REGION: CALL FOR INTENSIVE CARE

desert cotton or snow bush

by Suzan Shahin In the desert regions, where natural conditions are severe and resources are so limited, each water drop is precious and should be used in the best possible way. Global phenomena such as climate change and global warming are additional stressful conditions, adding to the sharply growing global population leading to more complications …

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