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Application of Plant Cell and Tissue Culture for the Production of Phytochemicals in Medicinal Plants

  • Bijaya PantEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 808)

Abstract

Approximately 80 % of the world inhabitants depend on the medicinal plants in the form of traditional formulations for their primary health care system well as in the treatment of a number of diseases since the ancient time. Many commercially used drugs have come from the information of indigenous knowledge of plants and their folk uses. Linking of the indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants to modern research activities provides a new reliable approach, for the discovery of novel drugs much more effectively than with random collection. Increase in population and increasing demand of plant products along with illegal trade are causing depletion of medicinal plants and many are threatened in natural habitat. Plant tissue culture technique has proved potential alternative for the production of desirable bioactive components from plants, to produce the enough amounts of plant material that is needed and for the conservation of threatened species. Different plant tissue culture systems have been extensively studied to improve and enhance the production of plant chemicals in various medicinal plants.

Keywords

Medicinal plants Propagation Conservation Tissue culture 

Notes

Acknowledgments

All the tissue culture photographs are used from our research work. The author gratefully acknowledges all the team members involved in tissue culture research project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Department of BotanyTribhuvan UniversityKirtipurNepal

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