MedPlant - Substitution and adulteration of complexes of medicinal roots

The Moroccan traditional herbal medicine is very popular but threated by the increase of demands. To preserve the traditional livelihood, the identification and conservation of medicinal plants are fundamental.

Plant identification using genetic methods (barcoding) is widely established. However, limited attempts have been done for the identification of medicinal plants. This project will aim to design a genetics/bioinformatics methods based on metabarcoding and high-throughput sequencing to identify with accuracy medicinal plants used within the Moroccan traditional medicine.

In parallel, getting information on the medicinal plants from the local populations is an important aspect of the identification work. The ethnoclassification learned from herbalists and collectors will be valuable information for the plant conservation. The goal of the study is to preserve wild populations of medicinal plants in order to find a sustainable use of traditional medicine.

Funding

Medplant

This research is funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/ 2007–2013/under REA (Research Executive Agency) Grant Agreement No. PITN-GA-2013-606895

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This research is funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/ 2007–2013/under REA (Research Executive Agency) Grant Agreement No. PITN-GA-2013-606895

Involved people

Anneleen Kool

Anneleen

http://www.nhm.uio.no/english/about/organization/botanical-garden/people/anneleek/

Gary Martin

Gary

http://www.global-diversity.org/about-us/global-diversity-foundation-team

Published: Jan. 12, 2016
By: Hugo de Boer , Vincent Manzanilla
Tags: Molecular authentication , Metabarcoding , DNA barcoding , Ion-Torrent PGM , Molecular identification