Bringing medicinal plants into cultivation: opportunities and challenges for biotechnology.

@article{Canter2005BringingMP,
  title={Bringing medicinal plants into cultivation: opportunities and challenges for biotechnology.},
  author={P. Canter and H. Thomas and E. Ernst},
  journal={Trends in biotechnology},
  year={2005},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={
          180-5
        }
}
Consumption of herbal medicines is widespread and increasing. Harvesting from the wild, the main source of raw material, is causing loss of genetic diversity and habitat destruction. Domestic cultivation is a viable alternative and offers the opportunity to overcome the problems that are inherent in herbal extracts: misidentification, genetic and phenotypic variability, extract variability and instability, toxic components and contaminants. The use of controlled environments can overcome… Expand
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