Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back to plants

"Field trials are set to begin for a medicinal plant bred to help combat malaria.

Artemisia annua contains the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, but only in low levels.

So researchers at the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) at York University, UK, have been using fast-track breeding methods to create a plant that contains much higher levels of the compound." (Thansk Muna)

We've got plenty of Artemisia herba-alpa (sheeh) in the badia, and it is used for medicinal purpose. I wonder if it has high levels of artemisinin.

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