Experimental Station for Medicinal Plants-Kyoto University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

KyotoOperated by Kyoto University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Experimental Station for Medicinal Plants is located on the graduate school’s campus, spanning a total area of 4044.37 m2. It is located directly next to the graduate school’s lecture rooms and research laboratories, which offers major advantages, such as allowing for the smooth implementation of observational and practical training for everyday classes as well as collection of research specimens at any time.
In addition to serving as an educational herbarium garden where a variety of medicinal plants are grown, the Station also conducts research into medicinal plant cultivation and grows materials for use in various research projects. Plants of tropical origin, including fragrant wood varieties, are cultivated in the facility’s greenhouse.

Url : http://www.pharm.kyoto-u.ac.jp/medicinal-plants/en/

BG-BASE

Introduction

BGBG-BASE is a PC-based database application written primarily to handle the information management needs of institutions and individuals holding living and/or preserved collections of biological material, including botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, herbaria, museums, libraries, university campuses, horticultural societies and private collections.

The objective is to develop and share a standard design that ensures compatibility, and at the same time one that allows for fine-tuning to meet specific individual needs. The result is a powerful, well proven system that not only facilitates basic inventory control, but also enables users to fully document, label and curate their collections so that these collections, no matter how large or small, can be of the highest possible value to the research, conservation and education communities. BG-BASE is compatible with relevant international data standards.

Initiated in 1985 at the request of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston (US) and the Threatened Plants Unit (TPU) of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) in Cambridge (UK), it is now used around the world in over 200 sites in 25 countries. The system is regularly updated and enhanced based on user input; its two development and support centers are the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (UK) and BG-BASE, Inc., located in Topsham, Maine (US).  (more…)

BRAHMS Database

OXBRAHMS (software updated to v7.9.10 on 14 February 2018) provides an integrated management system for preserved specimens, botanic gardens, seed banks and field surveys as well as those undertaking floristic or taxonomic research. The BRAHMS project is part of the research programme at Oxford to study and document plant diversity.

  • Rapid Data Entry (RDE) optimises data and image capture, verifying data on entry.
  • Querying with almost limitless flexibility.
  • Sort, calculate, analyse and chart data based on single or multiple column selections.
  • Format names, literature and other data for journal specific reporting.
  • Design smart report templates using the graphic designer or the HTML formatter.
  • Print reports directly from BRAHMS or send as text to documents.
  • Map directly to Google Earth, ArcGIS, Diva or in fact any GIS you want.
  • Calculate and map plant richness and bio-quality at any scale.
  • Select and export data to XML, CSV, Excel, Access, TXT and others.
  • Exchange data using Darwin Core, Symbiota, API/LAPI.
  • Design websites directly from BRAHMS using the WebConnect module.
  • Upload data and images to your website(s) with data restriction themes.

Url : https://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/

The Medicinal Herb Museum – Kumamoto University

The Medicinal Herb Museum Traditional Medicinal Resource Room was newly opened on the first floor of the Kumamoto University Oe General Research Building, and serves as an exhibition bureau for plant specimens (both from herbal medicine and herbariums) used in historical and traditional world medicine.

Approximately 50 panels showing samples of specimens and providing descriptions of useful plants (plants used for making clothing, food and shelter, in addition to medicine) which can be found in local regions, Japan, or abroad today.

Url : http://www.pharm.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/Labs/eco-frontier/en/museum/

Compound Interest

Compound Interest is a site that aims to take a closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis, explaining them with easy-to-understand graphics.

The site is run single-handedly by me, Andy Brunning. I’m a chemistry educator based in Cambridge, UK, and create the graphics for the site in my spare time.

Please note: none of the graphics on this site are intended for a specific chemistry syllabus, and it should not be assumed that they comprehensively cover any portion of required content for specific qualifications.

Url : http://www.compoundchem.com

Natural Products CARE : NPCARE

The Database of Natural Products for CAncer gene REgulation in Cancer Types

Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Sejong University, Korea     

Natural Products CARE(NPCARE), a database for Natural Products-CAncer gene REgulation, provides the level of gene expression and the inhibition of cencer cells in various cancer types by the effect of extract and Natural compounds from more than 2000 native species including plants, marine species and microorganisms. 700 genes and 1100 cancer cell lines annotated by expert enable users to gain insight into finding potential anti-cancer drugs and understanding the mechanism of Natural products for cancer treatment.

For further information about the study please contact Choi et al.

URL : http://silver.sejong.ac.kr/npcare/

           

Species 2000

Species 2000Species 2000 is an autonomous federation of taxonomic database custodians, involving taxonomists throughout the world. Our goal is to collate a uniform and validated index to the world’s known species (plants, animals, fungi and microbes). Species 2000 is registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 3479405)

Species 2000 began as a joint programme between CODATA(link is external) (International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology), IUBS(link is external) (International Union of Biological Sciences) and the IUMS(link is external) (International Union of Microbiological Societies) in the early 1990’s. In 1996 eighteen taxonomic database organisations agreed to convert Species 2000 into a legal entity as the vehicle for developing the global Species 2000 programme. It is an associate participant in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( GBIF(link is external) ); a data provider to EC LifeWatch(link is external) ; and is recognised by the United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP(link is external) ) and the Convention on Biological Diversity ( CBD(link is external) ). (more…)

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

WormsWhat is WoRMS?

The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While the highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.

The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic and thematic experts, not by database managers. WoRMS has an editorial management system where each taxonomic group is represented by an expert who has the authority over the content, and is responsible for controlling the quality of the information. Each of these main taxonomic editors can invite several specialists of smaller groups within their area of responsibility to join them. (more…)

Museum of Natural Medicine – Copenhagen University

The museum is a treasure trove of plants and plant- and animal products from around the world, used as medicine, arrow poisons, recreational drugs, cosmetics and dying.

In the ‘Poison cabinet’ you will find strange and curios objects, which were at sale at the apothecary in bygone times. Once upon a time, mummy was a treasured medicament!

The museum displays plants from the Danish folk medicine and explains why they work. The museum also shows how new medicine is developed based on traditional medicine.

Find us

Museum of Natural Medicine is situated in the building on the corner of Jagtvej and Universitetsparken, opposite the Zoological Museum. Entrance from Jagtvej 160. The museum in on the third floor.

These bus lines stop near NaturMedicinsk Museum:
Line 8A, 42, 94N, 150S, 173E, 184, 185. (more…)

Laboratoire PhytoChemia

LPScience at your service
PhytoChemia is the trusted partner you are looking for to guarantee the quality of all your products containing plant based ingredients. We are specialized in standardisation and chemical quality control of natural products with medicinal, cosmeticeutical and nutraceutical properties.

North American leaders in the field of quality control of essential oils

Our dynamic and highly specialized team will be pleased to answer all you quality control need in the dynamic and complex world of essential oils.

Canadian certification for the analysis of medical cannabis

Since 2014, PhytoChemia is certified by Health Canada to perform quality control for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp for producers (MMPR), dispensaries and patient under the MMAR. (more…)

Calflora

What is Calflora?
Calflora is 1. a website you can use to learn about plants that grow wild in California (both native plants and weeds); and 2. a nonprofit organization responsible for providing this service. Calflora is run by the team described above. Information in Calflora comes from many sources: public agencies, non-profits, scientists, private donors, and you!
Find Out About a Plant
You can enter the common or scientific name of a plant to find out about it. Or, use the name wizard to just enter part of a name and have the wizard make suggestions. The result is an illustrated table of plants that match the name you entered. Click one of the plants in the table to learn the details about that plant — in particular, where it’s been observed in California. 
Try it out!

(more…)

Flora of China

Flora of ChinaThe diversity of plant species in Chinais extraordinary. With an area almost exactly that of the continental United States, China has nearly twice as many plant species, about 31,000 or one-eighth of the world’s total, versus only about 20,000 for the U.S.A. and Canada combined. This number includes about 8,000 species of medicinal and economically important plants and about 7,500 species of trees and shrubs.The Flora of China will describe and otherwise document these species. The Flora of China is a new work, being an English-language revision of the Flora Republicae Popularis Sinicae (FRPS), with taxonomy reflecting the current understanding of each group. The sequence of families is a modified Englerian system, similar to that used in FRPS; however, the circumscription of some families reflects the present understanding of the groups. All of the vascular plants of China will be covered, including brief descriptions, identification keys, essential synonymy, phenology, provincial distribution in China, brief statements on extra-Chinese distribution, and remarks regarding the circumscription of problematic taxa. (more…)

D i s c o v e r L i f e

DiscoverAbout
Our web tools can benefit you and your projects. Teachers can design hands-on ecological research projects for the schoolyard or local park without killing specimens. Park managers can track migrations of invasive species. Scientists can map large collections and present information about species. Amateur naturalists can upload images and make a life list of species they find. Environmental educators can build online field guides so simple they can be used even by the youngest beginner.

Everyone can benefit in some way from a partnership with Discover Life. With our powerful integrated web tools, you can:

Keep a life list – store your photographic (or video/audio) records of natural history. It’s your own electronic nature journal – this is a service somewhat like Flickr or Picasa web albums, but linked to species information, map data and more. You can keep thousands of photographs and other data on our site for free, and store associated information as well. To see examples of stored photographs, click here.
Map species you find – every time you enter locality data to one of your photo records, it will instantly map as a point on the Global Mapper. This works similarly to Google Earth, but our mapper is capable of mapping many more points, each of them attached to an individual record of species occurrence. (more…)

Super Natural II

Super Natural IISuper Natural II, a database of natural products. It contains 325,508 natural compounds (NCs), including information about the corresponding 2d structures, physicochemical properties, predicted toxicity class and potential vendors. Natural products are small compounds synthesized by living organisms. The chemical diversity of these molecules is tremendous and offers inspiration for innovations in medicine, nutrition, agrochemical research and life sciences. Most of the currently used cosmetics and drugs are either natural products or close derivatives thereof.

Url : http://bioinf-applied.charite.de/supernatural_new/index.php

Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University

CUShort introduction
Department of Pharmacognosy has several areas of specialization such as Phytochemistry, Natural Products Synthesis, Biotechnology and Cell Culture, Marine Natural Product Chemistry, Standardization of Herbs and Herbarium. Academic staff have expertise in each area. The area of Phytochemistry focuses on the studies of chemical constituents from plants by isolation, purification and structure elucidation of the isolated products. Primary biological activity screening of promising crude extracts and/or pure compounds are also of interest. The area of Marine Natural Product Chemistry studies the isolation, purification, structure elucidation, chemical structure modification and bioactivity screening of new bioactive constituents from Thai marine organisms, such as sponges, soft corals. gorgonians, tunicates and bryozoa, marine microalgae and microorganisms. DNA fingerprinting of medicinal plants is another area of interest. We employ several molecular techniques such as RAPD, AFLP, RFLP, PCR-RFLP, and sequencing for generating markers for authentication of medicinal herbs and crude drugs. We have several equipped laboratories with facilities. (more…)

Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries

History
The rich and varied Harvard University botanical collections trace back to the activities of Asa Gray, who came to Harvard in 1842. Gray arrived at a particularly opportune time in American botanical history. Private collectors accompanying various survey expeditions in the expanding American West were sending back an abundance of specimens to scholars in the East. Gray, who had been collaborating with John Torrey in New York on a Flora of North America, was the ideal person to receive, describe and catalogue them, many of which proved new to science. At the same time Gray used duplicates from those collections to exchange with his colleagues in other parts of the world, who themselves were reaping the fruits of an expanding period of exploration in the Old World. The results of those efforts, which continue to this day, have resulted in a collection cosmopolitan in scope, unique in much of its representation and, with well over five million specimens, among the largest in the world. (more…)

The Journal of Asian Natural Products Research (JANPR)

The Journal of Asian Natural Products Research (JANPR) deals with chemical and pharmaceutical studies in the field of natural product research on Asian ethnic medicine and publishes work from scientists in Asian countries, e.g. China, Japan, Korea and India, including contributions from other countries concerning natural products of Asia.

The journal is chemistry-orientated and the major fields covered are:

  • Isolation and structural elucidation of natural constituents (including those for non-medical uses)
  • Synthesis and structural transformation (including biosynthesis and biotransformation) of natural products
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Bioactivity of pure compounds and their derivatives
  • Biological evaluations of crude extracts are acceptable only as supporting data for pure isolates with well-characterized structures

The journal has been indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded since 1998, with a 2015 Impact Factor of 1.009 (©2016 Thomson Reuters, 2016 Journal Citation Reports®). The journal is also indexed or abstracted by Chemical Abstract, Chemical Citation Index, Research Alert, etc.

Healing Food Reference

This site is part of a public education project created by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and hosted by Truth Publishing. Its purpose is to educate and empower consumers with information they can use to prevent and even help reverse degenerative disease. There are no commercial sponsors of this site, and neither Mike Adams nor Truth Publishing was paid anything to create this site.

Nature’s foods contain powerful medicine in the form of phytonutrients, and knowing how to use those natural medicines empowers people with the information they need to be healthier, happier and free from the ravages of chronic disease. (more…)

Current Traditional Medicine

Aims & Scope

Current Traditional Medicine covers all the aspects of the modernization and standardization research on traditional medicine of the world, e.g. chemistry, pharmacology, molecular mechanism, systems biology, proteomics, genomics, metabolomics, safety, quality control, clinical studies of traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Unani, Arabic and other ethnomedicine. Each issue contains updated comprehensive in-depth reviews along with high quality original experimental research articles. Current Traditional Medicine is a leading and important international peer-reviewed journal reflecting the current outstanding scientific research progresses of the global traditional, indigenous, folk and ethnologic medicine. It provides a bridge connected the tradition medicine system to the modern life science with the efforts of top scientists, as well as a resource to pursuit the solutions for the existing common issues in the traditional medicine.

Url : http://benthamscience.com/journals/current-traditional-medicine

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