Importance of Genetic Diversity and Phytochemical Assessment of Madhuca spp. in Sri Lanka: A Review

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dc.contributor.author Withana, W.V.E.
dc.contributor.author Hapuarachchi, N.S.
dc.contributor.author Cooray, R.
dc.contributor.author Dissanayake, Y.
dc.contributor.author Warnakula, L. W
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-08T05:05:38Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-08T05:05:38Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.isbn 9789550481255
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.lib.uwu.ac.lk/bitstream/handle/123456789/507/304.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
dc.description.abstract Madhuca is a large evergreen tree belonging to the family Sapotaceae distributed in many Asian countries including Sri Lanka. The aim of this review was to identify potential applications of Madhuca spp.in Sri Lanka to be developed into a research prospective in genetic and phytochemistry analysis. Literature survey was done using “Google Scholar” search engine and “PubMed” database using search terms “Madhuca”,” Genetics”,” Phytochemistry”. Altogether twenty-two research studies were retrieved on phytochemical analysis, pharmacological profiles but fewer in its other utilizations and genetic analysis. Five research articles were found on phytochemistry studies and three articles were about modified DNA isolation methods and genetic diversity analysis using Madhuca spp. in India. Studies showed that all parts of the Madhuca tree carry a number of medicinal properties and is rich in secondary metabolites. Literature evidence depicted it as a multipurpose forest tree, source of food and nutrition, pharmaceutical ingredient, bio-fertilizer and bio-fuel. This search identified seven Madhuca species currently found in Sri Lanka of which four of them are endemic. Being a plant species with a wide scope of potential applications, to date there are only one research available in published literature on phytochemical analysis of four Madhuca species found in Sri Lanka. None of supporting materials were found on genetic studies in genus Madhuca in Sri Lanka. Hence this raises the demand for such phytochemical analysis of different Madhuca spp. in Sri Lanka. Developing methods to extract genetic data, molecular authentication studies via molecular barcoding to fill the gaps in phenotypic and genotypic characterisation, storing the genetic data in databases for public access for future research purposes and efficient sustainable germplasm management will widen the research scope and potential application development of this invaluable plant in Sri Lanka. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject Genetics en_US
dc.subject Biotechnology en_US
dc.title Importance of Genetic Diversity and Phytochemical Assessment of Madhuca spp. in Sri Lanka: A Review en_US
dc.title.alternative International Research Conference 2019 en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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