From dirt to data: plant extraction modalities and techniques
Obtaining quantitative information on plant development over different time periods and different socio-cultural areas is crucial for understanding the rationale of plant use in research. Bioprospecting is the identification of valuable biochemical compounds, with the aim of developing new or improving existing medicine. Through analysis of chemical composition of different parts of plants, one can determine biological activity of significant compounds present with the aim of drug discovery with therapeutic and commercial value. However, appropriate guidelines for the analysis of traditional medicine should be maintained and should be used in a way that is culturally sensitive, accessible and one should consider the potential impact of traditional medicine on biodiversity and conservation.