Dhivya Shanmughanandhan

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BACKGROUND Herbal products available to consumers in the marketplace may be contaminated or substituted with alternative plant species and fillers that are not listed on the labels. According to the World Health Organization, the adulteration of herbal products is a threat to consumer safety. Our research aimed to investigate herbal product integrity and(More)
Boerhavia diffusa (B. diffusa), also known as Punarnava, is an indigenous plant in India and an important component in traditional Indian medicine. The accurate identification and collection of this medicinal herb is vital to enhance the drug's efficacy and biosafety. In this study, a DNA barcoding technique has been applied to identify and distinguish B.(More)
The chloroplast loci matK, rbcL, atpB, rpoC1, plastid spacer region psbA-trnH and nuclear internal transcribed spacer loci ITS sequences were evaluated for its discriminating ability among the closely related medicinal plant species of Apocynaceae. Our main criteria for ranking these barcodes were based on levels of inter and intra-specific divergence.(More)
INTRODUCTION India is considered the 'medicinal garden' of the world, with 8000 medicinal plants of which 960 are commercial species that are traded nationally and globally. Although scientific studies estimate herbal product adulteration as 42-66 % in North America, India does not have any published marketplace studies and subsequent estimates of(More)
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