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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207467/review-of-ethnomedicinal-uses-phytochemistry-and-pharmacological-properties-of-euclea-natalensis-a-dc
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REVIEW
Alfred Maroyi
Euclea natalensis is traditionally used as herbal medicine for several human diseases and ailments in tropical Africa. This study reviews information on ethnomedicinal uses, botany, phytochemical constituents, pharmacology and toxicity of E. natalensis. Results of this study are based on literature search from several sources including electronic databases, books, book chapters, websites, theses and conference proceedings. This study showed that E. natalensis is used as traditional medicine in 57.1% of the countries where it is indigenous...
December 2, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203097/euclea-undulata-thunb-review-of-its-botany-ethnomedicinal-uses-phytochemistry-and-biological-activities
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REVIEW
Alfred Maroyi
Euclea undulata (E. undulata) is traditionally used for the treatment of body pains, chest complaints, cough, diabetes, diarrhoea, headaches, heart diseases and toothaches in southern Africa. This study was aimed at reviewing the botany, ethnopharmacology and biological activities of E. undulata in southern Africa. Results presented in this study are based on review of literature using search engines such as Science Direct, Springerlink, Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, BioMed Central and Google Scholar. Herbal medicine is prepared from the decoctions of the roots, bark and leaves, and extracts of these plant parts have demonstrated anticholinesterase, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimycobacterial, antiplasmodial, antioxidant and hypoglycaemic activities...
November 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190354/plant-cuttings-news-in-botany
#3
Nigel Chaffey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 28, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150686/twenty-first-century-botany
#4
EDITORIAL
(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130353/for-the-greater-credibility-jesuit-science-and-education-in-modern-portugal-1858-1910
#5
Francisco Malta Romeiras
Upon the restoration of the Society of Jesus in Portugal in 1858, the Jesuits founded two important colleges that made significant efforts in the promotion of hands-on experimental teaching of the natural sciences. At the Colégio de Campolide (Lisbon, 1858-1910) and the Colégio de São Fiel (Louriçal do Campo, 1863-1910) the Jesuits created modern chemistry and physics laboratories, organized significant botanical, zoological and geological collections, promoted scientific expeditions with their students to observe eclipses and to collect novel species of animals and plants, and engaged in original research work in physics, botany, and zoology...
November 1, 2017: History of Science; An Annual Review of Literature, Research and Teaching
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099983/a-short-story-gets-longer-recent-insights-into-the-molecular-basis-of-heterostyly
#6
Christian Kappel, Cuong Nguyen Huu, Michael Lenhard
Heterostyly is a fascinating adaptation to promote outbreeding and a classical paradigm of botany. In the most common type of heterostyly, plants either form flowers with long styles and short stamens, or short styles and long stamens. This reciprocal organ positioning reduces pollen wastage and promotes cross-pollination, thus increasing male fitness. In addition, in many heterostylous species selfing and the generation of unfit progeny due to inbreeding depression is limited by a self-incompatibility system, thus promoting female fitness...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084170/ethnobotanic-ethnopharmacologic-aspects-and-new-phytochemical-insights-into-moroccan-argan-fruits
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REVIEW
Farid Khallouki, Mohamed Eddouks, Akdad Mourad, Andrea Breuer, Robert Wyn Owen
This review summarizes available data on argan fruit botany, geographical distribution, traditional uses, environmental interest, socioeconomic role, phytochemistry, as well as health beneficial effects and examination of future prospects. In particular, ethnomedical uses of argan fruits are carried out throughout Morocco where it has been used against various diseases. Different classes of bioactive compounds have been characterized including essential oils, fatty acids, triacylglycerols, flavonoids and their newly reported acylglycosyl derivatives, monophenols, phenolic acids, cinnamic acids, saponins, triterpenes, phytosterols, ubiquinone, melatonin, new aminophenols along with vitamin E among other secondary metabolites...
October 30, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065881/the-implications-of-ritual-practices-and-ritual-plant-uses-on-nature-conservation-a-case-study-among-the-naxi-in-yunnan-province-southwest-china
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Yanfei Geng, Guoxiong Hu, Sailesh Ranjitkar, Yinxian Shi, Yu Zhang, Yuhua Wang
BACKGROUND: Conservation of biodiversity is primary important of today's critically vulnerable environment. Efficient conservation can be possible only with the long-term participation and understanding of the communities. Ritual beliefs of the indigenous people are one of the important tools to understand the local communities and aid the nature conservation. In this paper, we documented contemporary ritual practices and ritual plant uses among the Naxi people and discussed the importance of traditional knowledge on ritual practice in the conservation of plants in the mountains presenting a case study of the Dongba culture...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059318/plant-cuttings-news-in-botany
#9
Nigel Chaffey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 17, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057808/zanthoxylum-bungeanum-maxim-rutaceae-a-systematic-review-of-its-traditional-uses-botany-phytochemistry-pharmacology-pharmacokinetics-and-toxicology
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REVIEW
Mengmeng Zhang, Jiaolong Wang, Lei Zhu, Tao Li, Weidong Jiang, Juan Zhou, Wei Peng, Chunjie Wu
Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim. (Rutaceae) is a popular food additive and traditional Chinese herbal medicine commonly named HuaJiao in China. This plant is widely distributed in Asian countries. The aim of this paper is to provide a systematic review on the traditional usages, botany, phytochemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and toxicology of this plant. Furthermore, the possible development and perspectives for future research on this plant are also discussed. To date, over 140 compounds have been isolated and identified from Z...
October 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033668/integrative-research-identifies-71-new-plant-species-records-in-the-state-of-rio-grande-do-norte-brazil-and-enhances-a-small-herbarium-collection-during-a-funding-shortage
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Leonardo M Versieux, Nállarett Dávila, Geadelande C Delgado, Valdeci F de Sousa, Edweslley Otaviano de Moura, Tarciso Filgueiras, Marccus V Alves, Eric Carvalho, Daniel Piotto, Rafaela C Forzza, Alice Calvente, Jomar G Jardim
A National Forest Inventory (NFI) encompassing the entire territory of Brazil is in progress. It is coordinated and promoted by the Brazilian Forest Service of the Ministry of Environment. In each state, the NFI collaborates with local herbaria by receiving collected plant material and performing species identification. Consultants are hired by the NFI and work at the local herbaria under the supervision of a curator. In exchange for curatorial assistance, the NFI provides equipment and consumables for the herbarium...
2017: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970446/pharmacy-practice-and-education-in-bulgaria
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Valentina Petkova, Jeffrey Atkinson
Pharmacies in Bulgaria have a monopoly on the dispensing of medicinal products that are authorized in the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as medical devices, food additives, cosmetics, and sanitary/hygienic articles. Aptekari (pharmacists) act as responsible pharmacists, pharmacy owners, and managers. They follow a five year Masters of Science in Pharmacy (M.Sc. Pharm.) degree course with a six month traineeship. Pomoshnik-farmacevti (assistant pharmacists) follow a three year degree with a six month traineeship...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913637/chemical-characterization-and-identification-of-pinaceae-pollen-by-infrared-microspectroscopy
#13
Boris Zimmermann
FTIR microspectroscopy, in combination with spectral averaging procedure, enables precise analysis of pollen grains for chemical characterization and identification studies of fresh and fossilised pollen in botany, ecology and palaeosciences. Infrared microspectroscopy (µFTIR) of Pinaceae pollen can provide valuable information on plant phenology, ecophysiology and paleoecology, but measurements are challenging, resulting in unreproducible spectra. The comparative analysis of µFTIR spectra belonging to morphologically different Pinaceae pollen, namely bisaccate Pinus and monosaccate Tsuga pollen, was conducted...
September 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911020/plant-cuttings-news-in-botany
#14
(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905095/growing-canopy-on-a-college-campus-understanding-urban-forest-change-through-archival-records-and-aerial-photography
#15
Lara A Roman, Jason P Fristensky, Theodore S Eisenman, Eric J Greenfield, Robert E Lundgren, Chloe E Cerwinka, David A Hewitt, Caitlin C Welsh
Many municipalities are setting ambitious tree canopy cover goals to increase the extent of their urban forests. A historical perspective on urban forest development can help cities strategize how to establish and achieve appropriate tree cover targets. To understand how long-term urban forest change occurs, we examined the history of trees on an urban college campus: the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Using a mixed methods approach, including qualitative assessments of archival records (1870-2017), complemented by quantitative analysis of tree cover from aerial imagery (1970-2012), our analysis revealed drastic canopy cover increase in the late 20th and early 21st centuries along with the principle mechanisms of that change...
December 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898658/phyllotaxis
#16
Cris Kuhlemeier
Leaves and flowers are arranged in regular patterns around the stem of a plant, a phenomenon known as phyllotaxis. Different arrangements occur, such as distichous, decussate or spiral (Figure 1). Most prevalent in nature are spirals in which the average divergence angles between successive organs are close to 137.5°, the so-called 'golden angle'. It is this exact number that has given phyllotaxis its special flavor as a quantitative developmental problem, and over the centuries, it has enjoyed the attention of scientists far beyond botany...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898650/wilhelm-hofmeister-and-the-foundations-of-plant-science
#17
EDITORIAL
Cyrus Martin
On January 12(th) 1877, the Grim Reaper visited Wilhelm Hofmeister (Figure 1) for the last time. Having recently witnessed the death of a wife, two daughters, and two sons (only two of his nine children survived him), the German botanist, perhaps succumbing to the weight of his own grief, suffered a series of strokes and then promptly died at the age of 52 in Lindenau, Germany. He has since faded into the dusty annals of 19(th) century botany, his contributions to our knowledge about plants, how they come into being, develop and interact with their environment, mostly forgotten...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886225/the-role-of-forensic-botany-in-solving-a-case-scientific-evidence-on-the-falsification-of-a-crime-scene
#18
Isabella Aquila, Santo Gratteri, Matteo A Sacco, Pietrantonio Ricci
Forensic botany can provide useful information for pathologists, particularly on crime scene investigation. We report the case of a man who arrived at the hospital and died shortly afterward. The body showed widespread electrical lesions. The statements of his brother and wife about the incident aroused a large amount of suspicion in the investigators. A crime scene investigation was carried out, along with a botanical morphological survey on small vegetations found on the corpse. An autopsy was also performed...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855482/prof-masao-ota
#19
Tomomichi Ono
Masao Ota was a Professor of Dermatology at Tokyo Imperial University. He is known to dermatologists around the world as the researcher who identified Nevus of Ota. He is also known for his research on Hansen's Disease. He was critical of the forced isolation policy and the sterilization law. He dreamt of developing chemotherapeutic measures and dedicated himself to cultivating Mycobacterium leprae. Among his accomplishments, those in the area of medical mycology are particularly remarkable. His discovery of Microsporum ferrugineum, his proposal for Trichophytia pompholyciformis, and his work on Ota-Langeron taxonomy based on the findings on fungus colonies are highly regarded and earned him the Ordre Royale de la Legion D'honneur...
2017: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842341/the-genus-psiadia-review-of-traditional-uses-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology
#20
REVIEW
Keshika Mahadeo, Isabelle Grondin, Hippolyte Kodja, Joyce Soulange Govinden, Sabina Jhaumeer Laulloo, Michel Frederich, Anne Gauvin-Bialecki
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The genus Psiadia Jacq. ex. Willd. belongs to the Asteraceae family and includes more than 60 species. This genus grows in tropical and subtropical regions, being especially well represented in Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands (La Réunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues). Several Psiadia species have been used traditionally for their medicinal properties in Africa and the Mascarene Islands. Based on traditional knowledge, various phytochemical and pharmacological studies have been conducted...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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