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Screening a diverse collection of Artemisia annua germplasm accessions for the antimalarial compound, artemisinin

  • James Cockram (a1), Colin Hill (a2), Corrinne Burns (a3), Randoph R. J. Arroo (a3), Jack G. Woolley (a3), Ian Flockart (a4), Trevor Robinson (a5), Christopher J. Atkinson (a6), Michael J. Davies (a6), Nigel Dungey (a7), Andy J. Greenland (a1), Lydia L. M. J. Smith (a1) and Steven Bentley (a1)...
Abstract

The antimalarial drug artemisinin (ART) is commercially extracted from the medicinal plant Artemisia annua L. Here, we report the screening of 70 A. annua plants representing 14 diverse germplasm accessions sourced from around the world, and identify lines containing >2% ART. These extremely high-yielding individuals have been maintained as vegetative clones, and they represent promising germplasm resources for future A. annua breeding programmes.

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Plant Genetic Resources
  • ISSN: 1479-2621
  • EISSN: 1479-263X
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