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Quality control of teas marketed as plantain: chemical and anatomical inquiry

Grant number: 16/04394-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany - Applied Botany
Principal Investigator:Wagner Vilegas
Grantee:Carolina Gomes de Andrade
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB-CLP). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus Experimental do Litoral Paulista. São Vicente , SP, Brazil


Herbal form an alternative route for synthetic drugs, either by the lower cost, lack of access to common remedies or lack of confidence in allopathy. However, there is a deficit in Brazil of scientific studies to confirm the correct composition and botanical identification of medicinal plants. This fact can be confirmed by the genus Plantago. The Brazilian society mainly uses four distinct species of this genus (P. major, P. lanceolata, P. australis and P. tomentosa) with the same popular name: Plantain. This may cause problems, since the present compounds for each species differ. This work aims to carry out a quality control of the material marketed for the preparation of infusions, through similarity analysis, taking into account the chemical and anatomical aspects.

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DE ANDRADE, CAROLINA GOMES; DE SOUZA MESQUITA, LEONARDO MENDES; MURADOR, DANIELLA CARISA; CAVALCANTE BRAGA, ANNA RAFAELA; DE ROSSO, VERIDIANA VERA; GARCIA DE ALMEIDA, ODAIR JOSE; VILEGAS, WAGNER. Application of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry fingerprinting associated with macroscopic and histological analysis for Plantago major herbal infusions quality control. Food Research International, v. 107, p. 314-324, . (16/04394-1, 11/23113-0, 09/52237-9)

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