Production of Artemisinin from in Vitro Cultures of Artemisia annua L.

  • Jorge F. S. Ferreira
  • Jules Janick
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 51)

Abstract

Malaria, one of the oldest known diseases, was referred to in Egyptian writings of the 16th century B.C. In the 17th century, Italians believed that breathing bad air (mal aria) arising from swamps was responsible for the disease, and the term malaria first entered the English medical literature in the first half of the 19th century. Each year, this disease afflicts over 300 million people worldwide, killing up to 2.7 million, mostly children. Most of these cases occur in Africa, but large areas of Asia, Central, and South America have high incidences of the disease (Nussenzweig and Long 1994). Out of 37 countries and territories, which are members of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization (WHO), 21 still have active malaria transmission (PAHO/WHO 1998).

Keywords

Alkaloid Argentina Lactone Plasmodium Taxane 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge F. S. Ferreira
    • 1
  • Jules Janick
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologySouthern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondaleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture and Landscape ArchitecturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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