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Khalid M. Elhindi, Yaser Hassan Dewir, Abdul-Wasea Asrar, Eslam Abdel-Salam, Ahmed Sharaf El-Din, and Mohamed Ali

The study of seed germination of medicinal plant species has received special attention from the scientific community due to the increased demand for these plants in the pharmacological industry, coupled with the need to make rational crops for the

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Barbara M. Schmidt

Medicinal plants are widely used as bioactive raw materials for cosmetics and personal care products. The source of medicinal plants varies greatly, from wild crafting traditional medicinal plants in China to modern horticultural production systems

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Lon Johnson

190 WORKSHOP 22 (Abstr. 1055-1058) Production and Utilization of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants: Pacific Northwest and Caribbean

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organized by the ASHS Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants and Controlled Environments Working Groups held at the ASHS Annual Conference Las vegas, Nevada 21 July 2005

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Ilse-Yazmín Arciniega-Carreón, Carmen Oliver-Salvador, María-Guadalupe Ramírez-Sotelo, and Carlos Edmundo Salas

, 2002 ). Medicinal plants contain therapeutic molecules, whose active principles also serve as precursors for drug synthesis ( Loraine and Mendoza-Espinoza, 2010 ). Ibervillea sonorae (S. Watson) Greene is a medicinal wild perennial plant usually known

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Ana V. de Souza, José E.B.P. Pinto, Suzan K.V. Bertolucci, Ricardo M. Corrêa, Larissa C. do B. Costa, and William E. Dyer

vitro propagation of medicinal plants is clearly on the rise, because they represent the most important sources of medicines and other pharmaceutical products. Methods of in vitro propagation offer highly effective tools for germplasm conservation and

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Muqiu Zhao, Huaibao Zhao, Qianjin Du, and Yunfeng Shi

), and mint ( Mentha spicata ) are important sources of natural inhibitors ( Abbasi and Manzoor, 2013 ; Kiran and Patra, 2003 ; Opoku et al., 2014 ). A wide variety of tropical medicinal plants that are traditionally used to cure diseases, or to

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Xiaoming Wang, Jianjun Chen, Yongxin Li, Qiying Nie, and Junbin Li

, however, does not produce seeds and propagation by cutting or grafting has only a ≈30% survival rate ( Wang et al., 2004 ), which significantly hampers its commercial production as a medicinal plant. Fig. 1. Three-year-old Lonicera macranthoides

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Usha Rani Palaniswamy

Taiwanese Native Medicinal Plants: Phyto-pharmacology and Therapeutic Values. Thomas S.C. Li. 2006. CRC Taylor & Francis. 379 p. $189.95, hardcover. ISBN 0-8493-9249-7. The publication is educational in its presentation of the medicinal

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Nirmal Joshee*, Bipul K. Biswas, and Anand K. Yadav

Centella asiatica L. (Apiaceae family), also called `Indian Pennywort,' is a prostrate, faintly aromatic, and stoloniferous perennial herb with long petiolated leaves. In the Ayurvedic medicine, it is reputed as a nervine tonic along with antibacterial, antifeedant, antileprotic and wound healing properties. Centella contains glycosides, indocentelloside, brahmoside, and asiaticoside. Its leaves are rich in carotenoids and vitamins B and C. In vitro culture techniques which offer a viable tool for mass propagation of plants have recently become increasingly popular for conservation of rare, endangered and threatened medicinal plants germplasm. Centella tissue culture has been reported to experience high incidences of microbial contamination which drastically reduces survival of explants. Thus, the main purpose of this study was to develop an efficient micropropagation technique for Centella asiatica to reduce explant contamination and rapidly disseminate superior clones for research and production. Here we present induction and further development of somatic embryos, using Centella stolons as explants. Somatic embryos were induced in response to 2,4-D shock on MS medium. Initially, somatic embryos appeared as highly nodular callus and eventually developed into somatic embryos that exhibited globular, heart shaped and cotyledonary stages. After auxin shock, cultures were regularly transferred to MS basal medium where somatic embryos completed various developmental stages and then germinated to give rise to new plantlets. In this presentation, we will demonstrate complete protocols for the successful sterilization of Centella explants prepared from plants that had abundance of fungal and bacterial contamination.