Conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants: Problems, progress, and prospects

Shi Lin Chen*, Hua Yu, Hong Mei Luo, Qiong Wu, Chun Fang Li, André Steinmetz

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Abstract

Medicinal plants are globally valuable sources of herbal products, and they are disappearing at a high speed. This article reviews global trends, developments and prospects for the strategies and methodologies concerning the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plant resources to provide a reliable reference for the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants. We emphasized that both conservation strategies (e.g. in situ and ex situ conservation and cultivation practices) and resource management (e.g. good agricultural practices and sustainable use solutions) should be adequately taken into account for the sustainable use of medicinal plant resources. We recommend that biotechnical approaches (e.g. tissue culture, micropropagation, synthetic seed technology, and molecular marker-based approaches) should be applied to improve yield and modify the potency of medicinal plants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalChinese Medicine
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2016

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