5. CONSERVATION OF MEDICINAL PLANT – TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA THROUGH TISSUE CULTURE TECHNICS by ANJALI TRIVEDI AND DR. VIVEK VEGDA
As par the Red List of threatened species 44 plant species are critically endangered, 113 endangered and 87 vulnerable (IUCN, 2000). Many medicinal plants are also suffering from over harvesting and habitat loss. Population growth, development and the unlimited collection of medicinal plants from the wild is causing in an over-exploitation of natural resources. Therefore, the management of traditional medicinal plant resources has become a matter of urgency. Demand of increasing medicinal plants based medicines warrants their mass propagation through plant tissue culture strategy. Tissue culture technology is potent and has opened extensive areas of research for biodiversity conservation. Tissue culture protocols have been developed for a wide range of medicinal plants, which includes endangered, rare and threatened plant species. In this work medicinal plant Tinospora cordifolia is selected for the study.
KEYWORDS: Medicinal Plants, Conservation Plant Tissue Culture, Tinospora cordifolia.