Review Article | Volume : 1 Issue : 7, September 2011

Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth: Phytochemistry and pharmacological properties outline

Faisal H. M. Koua   

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This mini-review aims to outlining the beneficial impacts of the witch-weed parasitic plant; Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth. S. hermonthica plant beside its well-known devastating impacts on the most important food cereal crops in Africa and is deemed to be one of the main factors that threatens the food security in this continent; it does also have a beneficial side in the tradition medicine for the African people. S. hermonthica has a wide range of medicinal uses; the pharmacological abortificient effect, dermatosis, diabetes, leprosy ulcer, pneumonia and jaundice remedy, trypanocidal effects, antibacterial and anti-plasmoidal activities have been approved. Here, we focus mainly in the phytochemical studies, its applications in the remediation of both animal and human physiological and infectious diseases and Striga tissue culture advantage as biotechnological application for pharmaceutical production.

Keyword:     Parasitic plants Striga hermonthica seed germination cereal crops tissue culture phytochemical screening folkloric medicine.

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