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Published on:1-1-2012
Pharmacognosy Communications, 2012; 2(1):03-04
Commnetary | doi:10.5530/pc.2012.1.2

Phytochemical investigations of species of semi-arid Australian plants: A neglected area of research.

Authors and affiliation (s):

Philip G. Kerr
School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia.


Approximately 80% of mainland Australia is considered to be arid or semi-arid.[1] Most of the desert flora remains unexplored. There is a wealth of anecdote from first nation Australians, with a number of books detailing Aboriginal use of plants[2-7] and papers, dealing with either single plant species or groups of species reported as being used by Australian Aboriginal people, scattered throughout the literature.[8-15] These provide a good deal of information that can be a stepping stone to investigate the medicinal potential of a large number of desert floral species.


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