Scientists decode genome of ‘miracle plant’

Scientists decode genome of ‘miracle plant’

Updated on 24 June, 2019

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Scientists from the University of Kerala have decoded the genetic make-up of Arogyapacha (Trichopus zeylanicus), a highly potent medicinal plant endemic to the Agasthya hills.

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  • The project was undertaken in the State Inter-University Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics at the Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Kerala.
  • Besides, the raw sequence data and genome assembly have been deposited in the US-based public database maintained by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
  • This ‘miracle plant’ is known for its traditional use by the Kani tribal community to combat fatigue.
    • The Kanis, numbering about 16,000, live in the lush tropical forests of the Western Ghats.
  • Studies have also proved its varied spectrum of pharmacological properties such as anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-tumour, anti-ulcer, anti-hyperlipidemic, hepatoprotective and anti-diabetic.

Arogyapacha

  • Arogyapacha is a small herbaceous plant, endemic and found in Western Ghats of Kerala
  • "Arogya pacha", literally meaning "the green that gives strength".
  • Tribal people use it as a stimulant and to keep stamina for a long time.
  • Regular intake of fruits reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Tribal people believe that regular consumption of fruit can prevent ageing and also enhance immunity.
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