Brushing Up On Plant Riches | February 26, 2007 Issue - Vol. 85 Issue 9 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 9 | pp. 27-29
Issue Date: February 26, 2007

Brushing Up On Plant Riches

Phytochemicals get boost from advanced chemical analysis, synthesis
Department: Business

Aspirin, belladonna, digoxin, morphine, pyrethrum, quinine. The names read like a litany of the tonics, infusions, and other remedies people have turned to over the ages for their aches and pains.

All are phytochemicals derived from plants or inspired by plant chemistry. Either as extracts or as purified compounds, such medicines have been used for centuries to protect or treat people, animals, and crops.

Far from being old school, the field of phytochemistry is being . . .

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