Noni (Morinda citrifolia L.): Research and Development

  • P. I. Peter
  • K. V. Peter
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Abstract

Morinda citrifolia L. popularly known as Indian noni or Indian mulberry (Family: Rubiaceae) (2n = 56) is an evergreen shrub which flowers and fruits throughout the year and grown in the tropical coastal regions of the world. John Britto (2008) reviewed the taxonomy of Morinda L. Rethinam and Singh (2008) published a global review on production technologies of noni (Morinda citrifolia L.). The species is generally found from sea level to 400 m amsl, although it adapts better to coastal regions. Noni, often found growing along lava flows in South East Asia, is an underutilised shrub and unknown to many people including botanists in spite of the fact that this miracle plant contains more than 200 nutraceuticals for health and wellness of people. In India, it is widely grown in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. John Britto (2013) studied ecotypic, morphological and genetic variations in accessions of Morinda citrifolia and its allied species from varied ecoclimatic habitats in Tamil Nadu using molecular tools (Fig. 1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. I. Peter
    • 1
  • K. V. Peter
    • 2
    • 1
  1. 1.World Noni Research Foundation and International Society for Noni ScienceChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Former Vice-ChancellorKerala Agricultural UniversityMannuthyIndia

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