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Chemical Tools Applied to Ethnobotanical Studies

  • Tadeu José da Silva Peixoto Sobrinho
  • Thiago Antônio de Sousa Araújo
  • Cecília de Fátima Castelo Branco Rangel de Almeida
  • Elba Lúcia Cavalcanti de Amorim
Protocol
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)

Abstract

Medicinal plants are a main focus of research in the fields of ethnobiology and ethnoecology. Among the various techniques for studying medicinal plants, the methods of extraction and the characterisation of different classes of compounds present in these plants form the pillars of phytochemical studies. In this chapter, you will find methods detailing how to collect, store, and stabilise herbal drugs; techniques to determine which solvents and extraction methods are most appropriate; chemical enrichment methods; and protocols for characterisation of compounds by thin layer chromatography.

Key words

Ethnopharmacology Medicinal plants Phytochemical profile Secondary metabolism Thin layer chromatography (TLC) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tadeu José da Silva Peixoto Sobrinho
    • 1
  • Thiago Antônio de Sousa Araújo
    • 2
  • Cecília de Fátima Castelo Branco Rangel de Almeida
    • 3
  • Elba Lúcia Cavalcanti de Amorim
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratório de Produtos Naturais, Departamento de Ciências FarmacêuticasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Ethnobiology, Department of BiologyFederal Rural University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de BiologiaCentro de Ensino Superior do Vale do São FranciscoBelém do São FranciscoBrazil

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