Bioactivity in plants: the link between phytochemistry and medicine

Author(s): Hamburger M, HostettmannK


The development of medicinal plant research over the last 30 years is reviewed with reference to the search for new active principles. Difficulties inherent to activity guided isolation and the specific requirements of bioassays are discussed. An overview is given on currently used systems for various bioactivities, with emphasis on simple bioassays for phytochemical laboratories. The progress in medicinal plant research is illustrated by selected examples of plant derived compounds of importance as drugs or pharmacological tools.

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