Medicinal Plant Names Services resource
Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) is creating an authoritative digital resource for plants of medicinal, pharmaceutical or nutraceutical significance for research or regulation. At its core, there is an ontology recording the complex relationships between the alternative names (from research literature, pharmacopoeias, legislation and trade regulations) for each plant included. MPNS is not making a judgment as to whether a plant is medicinal or not, but rather it is collecting the names of plants included in medicinal plant literature and other relevant resources.
- complement, merge and enrich Kew’s existing resources;
- resolve synonymy amongst the most widely used medicinal plants and map these to frequently used common, trade and pharmaceutical names;
- enable all published information about a plant to be found, irrespective of which name is used;
- link to other sources of information (chemistry, efficacy, toxicity);
- dynamic and authoritative – updated with new editions of pharmacopoeias, and as plant relationships and names are revised;
- accessible through a web portal.
The scope of the MPNS resource is being established with the help of a User Group that is a representative cross-section of the user community. By the end of the 4-year development phase the resource will hold information on more than 6,000 species. Into the future it will be maintained and extended as part of Kew’s core work.
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