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Proximate Composition and In-vitro Anti-sickling Property of Nigerian Cyperus esculentus (Tiger Nut Sedge)

C. C. Monago and A. A. Uwakwe

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Sickle cell anemia is a potentially lethal, lifelong, inherited disorder for which there is no cure. The authors present encouraging evidence of the anti-sickling properties of a local and commonly eaten Nigerian plant. (more)
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Trichosanthes tricuspidata: A Medicinally Important Plant

Snehlata Bhandari, Upma Dobhal, Mamta Sajwan and N. S. Bisht

Traditional medicine practitioners have used Trichosanthes tricuspidata in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. The authors review current scientific knowledge and call for further research to explore the potential of this little-exploited plant. (more)

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Distribution of Mangrove Species within Bhitarkanika National Park in Orissa, India

V. P. Upadhyay, P. K. Mishra and J. R. Sahu

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Mangrove swamps, some of the most productive wetlands on the planet, are under intense pressure from development, population spread and pollution. This report evaluates species density and distribution in a national reserve using standard ecological sampling methodology. (more)
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Standardization and Organoleptic Evaluation of Drumstick (Moringa oleifera) Leaves Incorporated Into Traditional Indian Recipes

Vanisha S. Nambiar and Shilpa Parnami

Introduction of Moringa leaves into people’s diets can only be successful if the leaves are incorporated into foods at adequate levels and in a way that is palatable. The authors evaluate how best to use Moringa, and how much to use, in traditional Indian recipes. (more)

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Role of Rosemary Leaf Extract Against Various Doses of Gamma Radiation

Garima Sancheti and P. K. Goyal

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There may be tremendous practical value to understanding how to neutralize or reduce the damaging (and lethal) effects of radiation on the human body. Treatment of mice with rosemary extract prior to irradiation is reported herein to prolong life and reduce the symptoms of radiation sickness. (more)
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Rapid Ethnobotanical Survey of the Maya Mountains Range in Southern Belize, Central America: A Pilot Study

Todd Pesek, Marvin Cal, Victor Cal, Nick Fini, Chris Minty, Peter Dunham, Pablo Sanchez, Luis Poveda, John Arnason

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A new field survey method involves indigenous traditional healers in identifying rare, disappearing, and previously unreported medicinal plants. A model is presented for sharing the benefits of such plants with a wider audience while preserving local culture. (more)

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Social Marketing: A Baseline Survey Report of District Bargarh, Orissa

B. R. Poonia  

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A survey of people’s knowledge and use of Moringa tree leaves in several communities in India serves as a baseline for a test of social marketing techniques. (more)

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Plant Foods as Sources of Pro-Vitamin A: Application of a Stable Isotope Approach to Determine Vitamin A Activity

Michael Grusak  

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Vitamin A deficiency is a serious problem in the developing world. A method for measuring beta-carotene absorption in the body helps scientists understand the potential of plant foods to provide vitamin A. (more)

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