Preston A. Cox

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complex applications such as satellite control, autonomy, and data analysis; the Pilot's Associate; autonomous vehicles; battle management; aerospace systems (for example, monitoring electric, power, propulsion, and life-support systems); communications network monitoring and control; robotics and vision systems; process control; financial advice (for(More)
  • P A Cox
  • Ciba Foundation symposium
  • 1994
For pharmaceuticals ranging from digitalis to vincristine the ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery has proven successful. The advent of high-throughput, mechanism-based in vitro bioassays coupled with candidate plants derived from pain-staking ethnopharmacological research has resulted in the discovery of new pharmaceuticals such as prostratin, a drug(More)
Nutmeg, endemic to the Maluku Province of Indonesia (formerly known as the Spice Islands), has long been of importance both as a spice and as a commodity that was once of geopolitical significance. Although its botany, cultivation, and history have been studied, ethnobotanical studies of nutmeg in its place of origin are noticeably lacking. The ethnobotany(More)
  • P A Cox
  • Ciba Foundation symposium
  • 1990
Bioactive molecules occur in plants as secondary metabolites and as defence mechanisms against predation, herbivores, fungal attack, microbial invasion and viral infection. Throughout the world indigenous peoples have discovered plants with pharmacological activity; many useful drugs such as vincristine, reserpine, quinine, and even aspirin, have their(More)
  • P A Cox
  • Journal of ethnopharmacology
  • 1993
Early European visitors to Samoa tended to denigrate the authenticity and efficacy of Samoan herbal medicine, yet bioassays indicate pharmacological activity in over 86% of Samoan medicinal plants. Novel anti-inflammatory compounds have been isolated from Alphitonia zyzyphoides and Erythrina variegata, and the anti-HIV compound prostratin has been isolated(More)
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