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Arogyapacha: Scientists decode genome of miracle plant

Date: 24 June 2019 Tags: Biotechnology

Scientists from University of Kerala have decoded genetic make-up of Arogyapacha (Trichopus zeylanicus) a highly potent medicinal plant found in Kerala. The genetic decoding project will open up a new window to the plant’s molecular secrets. It will serve as a valuable resource to expedite research on Arogyapacha. The manuscript on genome has been accepted for publication in G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics, a scientific journal published by the Genetics Society of America.

Arogyapacha

  • It is known as ‘miracle plant’. In Malayalam arogyapacha means 'health green or green that gives strength '. It is endemic to the Agastya hills in the southern Western Ghats
  • It is known for its traditional use by the Kani tribal community to combat fatigue. These tribal people prepare tonic named "Jeevani " from this plant.
  • It is quintessential wonder herb as it has anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory anti-tumour, anti-ulcer, hepatoprotective and anti-diabetic properties.
  • It also has immune-enhancing and treating liver disease, stomach ulcers, fatigue, and sexual performance problems.