The medicinal value of tropical rainforest plants from Paluma, North Queensland, Australia
Setzer, Mary C., Setzer, William N., Jackes, Betsy R., Gentry, Glenn A., and Moriarity, Debra M. (2001) The medicinal value of tropical rainforest plants from Paluma, North Queensland, Australia. Pharmaceutical Biology, 39 (1). pp. 67-78.
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A pharmacological survey of flora of the Paluma rainforest including 90 species representing 19 families has been carried out. Crude plant extracts have been screened for cytotoxic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity, as well as brine shrimp lethality. Of these, 27 extracts exhibited remarkable cytotoxic activity, 23 showed antimicrobial activity, and 7 showed promising antiviral activity. Thus, 53 of the plant species examined showed marked bioactivity in one or more bioassays; a "hit rate" of 59%. These results underscore the phytomedicinal potential of Australian tropical rainforests.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||antibacterial activity; antifungal activity; anti-herpes activity; cytotoxic activity; Paluma rainforest; Queensland|
|Date Deposited:||30 Aug 2012 22:50|
|FoR Codes:||06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%|