Under-exploited plants offer untold medical and economic promise
A recent article in Nature by Ameenah Gurib Fakim, President of Mauritius and former Professor of Organic Chemistry, about the abundance of commercially available drugs that have their origins in plants.
"Artemisinin, ginkgolides, quinine, reserpine, scopolamine, paclitaxel. What do these molecules have in common? They are all extracted from plants and transformed into useful drugs, treating conditions including malaria, nausea, cancer and high blood pressure.
Almost 60% of commercially available drugs are based on molecules derived from natural sources.
China and India have dedicat...