Insectivorous Plants of India: Sources of Bioactive Compounds to Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Sanjeet Kumar
  • Sunil S. Thorat
  • Rajendra K. Labala
  • Jayanta Kumar Patra


At present scenario, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a big problems for common man, researchers and pharmacological industries. Therefore, there is an urgent need to screen wild plants/unique as insectivorous or carnivorous plant species having sound ethnobotanical values and defense mechanisms. India is rich with such plant species. It enjoy about 40 species of insectivorous plants belonging to three families (Droseraceae, Nepenthaceae, Lentibulariaceae). They trap the insects/small animals and consume them with the help of enzymes or chemical components present in their trapping parts. The biochemicals could use to cure the human diseases. Therefore, an attempt has been made to gather the medicinal and pharmacological values through field survey and from literature to justify that they could good source to develop drugs against AMR. Results revealed that the plant species have sound ethnobotanical values and most common findings were used to cure bacterial infections. Present study also bring attention towards the conservation of these unique plant wealth of the country.


Insectivorous plants Carnivorous plants Trapping, enzymes Ethnobotany Antimicrobial activity Antimicrobial resistance 



Authors are thankful to the Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Imphal; Chief Executive, Regional Plant Resource Centre, Bhubaneswar; Dr. Prasad Kumar Dash, Odisha Biodiversity Board, Bhubaneswar and deeply indebted to Rajesh Sachdev, Sushant More, Rakesh Kumar Mohalik (North Orissa University, Odisha), Shashikant S Naik, Jesuraja Bakthan Daniel and Rajasekharan Nair for providing photographs of insectivorous plants. Authors also thankful to the local community of Giridih, Jharkhand and Sundargarh, Odisha and Mr. Prabhat K. Das for helping first author during the collection of Utricularia species in Odisha, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjeet Kumar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sunil S. Thorat
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rajendra K. Labala
    • 3
  • Jayanta Kumar Patra
    • 4
  1. 1.Bioresource Database and Bioinformatics DivisionInstitute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Government of IndiaImphalIndia
  2. 2.Ambika Prasad Research FoundationBhubaneswarIndia
  3. 3.Distributed Information Sub-Centre, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Government of IndiaImphalIndia
  4. 4.Research Institute of Biotechnology and Medical Converged ScienceDongguk UniversityGoyang-siSouth Korea

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