Raw drug repository for medicinal herbs established in CSIR-NBRI
The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), a Lucknow-based constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is famous for its development and research related to several botanical areas. A wide array of research activities has been conducted at CSIR-NBRI, including plant diversity, systematics and herbarium, pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, plant ecology, ecological engineering, molecular biology, biotechnology, plant genetic resources, plant conservation, and agro-technologies.
As a part of a new initiative, CSIR-NBRI has created that a Raw Drug Repository in its Pharmacognosy Division. This repository is the first of its type and contains 2000 specimens of dried samples of medicinal plants that are vital for making herbal medications for greater human health and disease treatment, states CSIR-NBRI announcement. The repository was created by Dr. JLN Sastry, CEO, National Medicinal Plant Board, New Delhi.
"The repository homes medicinal plant specimens gathered from wide and far places from all around the nation. The repository has been categorized into different sections depending on the plant components used in medicine in accordance with the classification of AYUSH system e.g., origin medications, bark medications, leaf medications, stem medications, seed medications, unorganized medications, etc.", stated Dr. Sharad Srivastava, Head, Pharmacognosy Division in CSIR-NBRI.
Some of the significant plant samples exhibited comprise Aconitum heterophyllum, Acorus calamus, Aquilaria agallocha, Bergenia ligulata, Berberis aristata, Withania somnifera, Coscinium fenestratum, Glycyrrhiza glabra etc, added Dr. Srivastava.
Prof. SK Barik, Director, stated that this repository will be of immense assistance to the investigators in addition to the people from various schools and institutes. This may be utilized as reference material in addition to will prove very beneficial in creating herbal drugs with much more efficient goals.