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Society for Economic Botany/BSA Economic Botany Section

Bashir, Anbreen [1].

Dwindling Himalayan Mayapple.

The importance of plants to life on earth is immeasurable. The impact of human activity on the existence of some of the most beneficial plants has been of increasing concern. One of the hot spots of economically important plants is the majestic Himalayan mountain range surrounding Kashmir valley of India. It is the home of a large number of medicinal plants including Podophyllum hexandrum, which is progressing towards extinction. The plant has a rhizome which is a source of a very essential resinous substance known as podophyllotoxin, an active ingredient for several drugs like podophyllin. This has made the species vulnerable for over exploitation. This indiscriminate extraction of podophyllotoxin along with several other factors has led to the near extinction of the Himalayan Mayapple.

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1 - Harris-Stowe state University, Math and Natural science, laclede avenue, st louis, MO, 63103, USA

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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:45 PM
Number: PEN029
Abstract ID:976

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