Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) provides a global nomenclatural indexing and reference resource enabling health professionals and researchers to access information about plants and plant products relevant to pharmacological research, health regulation, traditional medicine and functional foods. The MPNS Resource is also used to provide a suite of information services.
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 to 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 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:
MPNS offers a range of information services based on our unique global and authoritative resources and on the expertise of staff at Kew.
Current version of the Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) Resource is V7.0, published May 2017.
A list of medicinal plant references that are indexed in the Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) Resource, organised by region.
Welcome to this guide to using the MPNS portal, which provides an overview of the portal's main functionalities.
Browse our frequently asked questions about the MPNS here.
Find out more information about the partners of MPNS here.
Medicinal Plant Names Services is looking for interested organisations and individuals to join the User Group or to 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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