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    Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used in treatment of ticks

    Magwede K1, MP Tshisikhawe1, D Luseba2, RB Bhat1

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.83, pp. 155-165, 2014, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2014.83.155

    Abstract The documentation of traditional knowledge on medicinal use of plants has provided many important drugs that are used worldwide on a daily basis. Traditional remedies had been (and still are) the main source of livestock ailment treatments, especially in regions of poor resources of the Vhembe District, South Africa. In many rural areas of the Republic of South Africa, traditional medicine is sometimes the only available modern orthodox health care for managing both human and animal health. Much work remains to be done regarding the documentation of the existing ethnobotanical knowledge. In this work, we More >

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    Population biology of Elaeodendron transvaalense Jacq. in the presence of harvesting

    Tshisikhawe MP, MW Van Rooyen

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.82, pp. 303-311, 2013, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2013.82.303

    Abstract Elaeodendron transvaalense Jacq. is one of the medicinal plant species commonly used by people in the Venda region. The species is known to treat a variety of diseases. It is widely used and important to traditional healers. Because of this, it found its way into the muthi markets, and it is among the seven most commonly traded plant species in the Venda region. This study investigated the impact of bark harvesting on the population structure of this species. The study revealed that although the level of bark harvesting is high, the species is able to resist More >

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    Application of the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) to assess the ethnobotany and forest conservation status of the Zarghoon Juniper Ecosystem, Balochistan, Pakistan

    Bazai ZA1, RB Tareen1, AKK Achakzai1, H Batool2

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.82, pp. 69-74, 2013, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2013.82.069

    Abstract The data collection approach called Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was used in five villages: Killi Tor Shore; Medadzai; Ghunda; Kala Ragha, and Killi Shaban. Up to five groups were sampled in each village, comprising a total of 17 villages within the Zarghoon Juniper ecosystem. This area is rich both historically and culturally for using medicinal plants, mostly by women (60%). In this study, 26 species of medicinal plants fit in 20 genera and 13 families. They are used by aboriginal people via the indigenous knowledge they have for the treatment of many diseases. About 60,… More >

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    Post-treatment with plant extracts used in Brazilian folk medicine caused a partial reversal of the antiproliferative effect of glyphosate in the Allium cepa test


    BIOCELL, Vol.37, No.2, pp. 23-28, 2013, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2013.37.023

    Abstract Species of the genus Psychotria are used for multiple purposes in Brazilian folk medicine, either as water infusions, baths or poultices. This study was aimed to evaluate the genotoxic and antiproliferative effects of infusions of Psychotria brachypoda and P. birotula on the Allium cepa test. Exposure to distilled water was used as a negative control, while exposure to glyphosate was used as a positive control. The interaction of extracts (as a post-treatment) with the effects of glyphosate was also studied. Results showed that glyphosate and the extracts of both P. brachypoda and P. birotula reduced the mitotic index as compared… More >

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    Active compounds of medicinal plants, mechanism for antioxidant and beneficial effects

    Orozco Montes F1, A Vázquez-Hernández2, B Fenton-Navarro1

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.88, No.1, pp. 1-10, 2019, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2019.04525

    Abstract An increased interest in the antioxidant effects of medicinal plants has developed in recent years. Identifying antioxidant compounds present in medicinal plants and elucidating the mechanism by which they prevent oxidation have been the focus of the research community. We performed a systematic and exhaustive review aimed at analyzing the available data regarding the beneficial effects of secondary metabolites in plants. The result of this review is presented as a description of free radicals, as well as cellular and physiological oxidative stress, is provided. The origin and source of antioxidant compounds, and the cellular and More >

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    Biodegradation of Medicinal Plants Waste in an Anaerobic Digestion Reactor for Biogas Production

    Kabir Fardad1, Bahman Najafi1, Sina Faizollahzadeh Ardabili1, Amir Mosavi2,3, Shahaboddin Shamshirband,4,5,*, Timon Rabczuk2

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.55, No.3, pp. 381-392, 2018, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2018.01803

    Abstract Glycyrrhiza glabra, Mint, Cuminum cyminum, Lavender and Arctium medicinal are considered as edible plants with therapeutic properties and as medicinal plants in Iran. After extraction process of medicinal plants, residual wastes are not suitable for animal feed and are considered as waste and as an environmental threat. At present there is no proper management of waste of these plants and they are burned or buried. The present study discusses the possibility of biogas production from Glycyrrhiza Glabra Waste (GGW), Mentha Waste (MW), Cuminum Cyminum Waste (CCW), Lavender Waste (LW) and Arctium Waste (AW). 250 g… More >

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