Traditional Chinese medicinal plant yields new insecticide compounds
For hundreds of years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used an herb called Stemona sessilifolia as a remedy for parasitic infections, such as those caused by pinworms and lice. Now, researchers’ reporting has identified 10 compounds that might be responsible for the herb's effectiveness. But there's a twist: The insecticides are produced by symbiotic microbes that live within the plant's cells -- not by S. sessilifolia itself.
The cultivation, processing and management of traditional Chinese medicine must rely on the development of modern science and technology.
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