Biotechnological Approaches for In Vitro Conservation of Picrorhiza kurroa Royle ex Benth

  • Ritu Mahajan
  • Nisha Kapoor


Medicinal plants have been used by humans for the treatment of various diseases since ancient times. The plants being rich in secondary metabolites are exploited for their probable utility due to the presence of phytochemical properties. The pure compound can easily be obtained from the plants resulting in safer drugs. One of such important medicinal plant is Picrorhiza kurroa which is a principle source of iridoid glycosides, with a wide range of biological activities. Today the plant has become endangered due to restricted distribution and unskilled harvesting and is demanding to be conserved for its posterity. In order to safeguard and preserve such medicinally important plant species, certain biotechnological approaches are found to be very valuable for their conservation and further manipulation so as to augment their yield and quality traits.


Picrorhiza kurroa In vitro Conservation Micropropagation Endangered Secondary metabolites 



The authors are thankful to National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), New Delhi for their financial support as a major project. The authors are also thankful to School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu, Jammu.


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  • Ritu Mahajan
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  • Nisha Kapoor
    • 1
  1. 1.School of BiotechnologyUniversity of JammuJammuIndia

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