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Quantification of characterization of biologically active components of Actaea racemosa L. (black cohosh) for identifying desirable plants for cultivation

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Patrick Michael Looney (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://www.wcu.edu/404.asp
Advisor
Jason Clement

Abstract: Actaea racemosa, more commonly known as black cohosh, is a medicinal plant used for the suppression of menopausal symptoms. The growing popularity of black cohosh extract is leading to extensive wild harvesting of the perennial plant. The main purpose of this research is to use high-pressure liquid chromatography evaporative light scattering detection analysis of 20 accessions of black cohosh from Bent Creek Germplasm Repository to quantify the compounds with desirable biological activities. Plants identified as having desirable properties may be used to produce a superior hybrid plant. Cultivation of the hybrid plant may help black cohosh’s sustainability. This research showed that there were significant differences in phytochemical concentrations among the accessions.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Subjects
Bugbane -- Planting -- North Carolina
Herbs -- Therapeutic use
Herb gardening