Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) has built a global resource for medicinal plant names that enables health professionals and researchers to access information about plants and plant products relevant to pharmacological research, health regulation, traditional medicine and functional foods.
This MPNS resource can be searched using the portal link above. The resource is also used to provide a suite of information services. Representatives from key audiences advise us on the services we offer and the types of data included in the resource. The full suite of services are described on the 'Services' page.
Organisations and individuals often use different names for the same plant. Professionals working in the health and research sectors, for example, as well as those in the herbal or pharmaceutical industries, all need to access information about plants and communicate accurately and effectively about them.
Medicinal plants are used globally and are known by different names in different communities, health traditions, generations and languages. The same name can also be applied to different species. Thus to find all the information published about a particular plant, and to ensure that you are sharing data about the same species, you need to know all the possible names that have been used, and any possible confusions.
MPNS is an essential resource for the following audiences:
Medicinal Plant Names Services is looking for interested organisations and individuals to join the User Group or work with us as Partners.
For further information about any aspect of Medicinal Plant Names Services, please contact us at:
Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE, UK
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