Commercial substances obtained from native plants
Researchers at the Mexican Scientific Research Center of Yucatan (CICY) studied 20 native species forexploration, recollection, characterisation and conservation of native herbs in the region. . They built a pilot distillation kit to obtain essential oils from plants and to do bioactivity tests and product development. In this publication, Luz Maria del Carmen Calvo Irabién, head of research, explains that the essential oil from Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens) has potential in the agroindustry and that basil bush (Ocium campechianum) has antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal properties and high concentrations of eugenol, an aromatic agent widely used in the cosmetic and fragrance industry.
Note: For example, science competition winner Stella Kabiri-Marial demonstrated that invasive Cymbopogon afronardus (Stapf) could be used as a natural insecticide. K4D has recently also highlighted the pioneering work of Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on novel plant bio-resources.
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