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Research Article Volume 7 Issue 12

Bioprospecting of Underutilised Mangroves: A Review Based on Bioactive Phytochemicals of Mangroves on Kerala Coast, India

Hridya Vasantha Kavunkal* and Radhakrishnan Kokkuvayil Vasu

Chemical Science and Technology Division, CSIR-NIIST, India

*Corresponding Author: Hridya Vasantha Kavunkal, Chemical Science and Technology Division, CSIR-NIIST, India.

Received: October 16, 2023; Published: November 10, 2023


The mangrove habitat has recently become one of the most promising hotspots for bioprospecting of natural product resources for various therapeutic objectives owing to its highly productive and diverse ecosystem. The adequate information on bioactive substances in mangroves will aid in the long-term monitoring of mangrove species and the design of species-specific conservation measures. Mangroves have come to be recognized as the biological resources because they have specialized biochemical functions, making them abundant factories of secondary metabolites such as flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, and phenolic compounds. The mangrove species found in Kerala state, India, is the focus of this paper, which also highlights its edibility, bioactive chemicals and their different reported pharmacological effects. Though the medicinal potential of mangrove plants has been the subject of numerous studies, its edibility, socio-economic importance, traditional therapeutic uses, nutritional, and antioxidant properties are still underutilized and underexplored. Mangroves should therefore be protected since they are a valuable resource for humans, particularly because they can be used as an alternative source of food or for traditional medicine alongside to their unique biodiversity, role in maintaining water quality, and contribution to coastal defense.

Keywords: Edible Mangroves; Aegiceras corniculatum; Avicenna officinalis; Kandelia candel; Rhizophora mucronate; Sonneratia caseolaris


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Citation: Hridya Vasantha Kavunkal and Radhakrishnan Kokkuvayil Vasu. “Bioprospecting of Underutilised Mangroves: A Review Based on Bioactive Phytochemicals of Mangroves on Kerala Coast, India".Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences 7.12 (2023): 33-41.


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