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Bio-prospecting Potential of Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) O. Kuntze for Access and Benefit Sharing

Dereje Mosissa*

Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Assosa Biodiversity Center, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author: Dereje Mosissa, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Assosa Biodiversity Center, Ethiopia.

Received: May 01, 2020; Published: May 21, 2020



  Phytochemical studies on the plants of this species have led to the isolation of ca. 122 compounds including steroidals, diarylheptanoids and terpenoids. Some chemical constituents displayed cytotoxic activity, microtubule-stabilizing activity and so on. Therefore, Tacca are important plants not only in the medicinal sense but also as a food source or as an energy material. Thus, we encourage any bio-prospecting company or an individual interested to work on the genetic resource, Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) O. Kuntze, for ethno-medical/pharmacological/uses and industrial activities in the production of medicinal extracts, food and beverages.

Keywords: Bioprospecting; Phytochemical; Tacca leontopetaloides; Steroidals; Diarylheptanoids; Terpenoids; Cytotoxic



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Citation: Dereje Mosissa. “Bio-prospecting Potential of Tacca leontopetaloides (L.) O. Kuntze for Access and Benefit Sharing". Acta Scientific Biotechnology 1.4 (2020): .


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