Artemisia scoparia: A new source of artemisinin

  • Aditi Singh Laboratory of Bioactive compounds, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004
  • Renu Sarin Laboratory of Bioactive compounds, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004
Keywords: Antimalarial drug, Artemisia Scoparia, Artemisinin, Callus culture

Abstract

Artemisinin is considered as the most active and potent antimalarial drug. Till date Artemisia annua Linn. plant is the only source for its production The present investigation was carried out with an objective to search a new plant for  artemisinin. An attempt was made on a perennial faintly odoratus herb, Artemisia scoparia Waldst et Kit. to find out an alternative of A. annua for the production of  artemisinin. The yield of artemisinin was higher in aerial plant parts (0.015%) in comparison to callus culture (0.001%). The present study concluded that A. scoparia contains an antimalarial drug artemisinin.

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Aditi Singh, Laboratory of Bioactive compounds, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004
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Published
2010-05-04
How to Cite
Singh, A., and R. Sarin. “Artemisia Scoparia: A New Source of Artemisinin”. Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, Vol. 5, no. 1, May 2010, pp. 17-20, doi:10.3329/bjp.v5i1.4901.
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