Iron Weed (Vernonia anthelmintica) as a Renewable Oilseed Crop in Pakistan

  • Ishtiaq Ahmad
  • Habib Ahmad


Iron Weed (Vernonia anthelmintica) is an important medicinal and industrial oilseed plant of the family Asteraceae. It has immense potential for cultivation as commercial medicinal and oilseed crop on marginal lands, particularly in the semiarid agroclimatic conditions of Pakistan. Apart from its local use as medicinal plant, its seed contain sufficient amount of epoxy oils, which is used in plastics and additive industries to form a clear, tough, rubbery coatings on metal. It can be used as a drying agent for resin paints that improve heat and light stability.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ishtiaq Ahmad
    • 1
  • Habib Ahmad
    • 2
  1. 1.Center of Plant Biodiversity and ConservationUniversity of PeshawarPeshawarPakistan
  2. 2.Department of GeneticsHazara UniversityMansehraPakistan

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