Molecular analysis of genetic diversity in the native populations of Echinacea

Subbaiah M Mechanda
Echinacea is a North American medicinal plant that was used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans. Modern uses of Echinacea preparations include the treatment of colds and influenza, wound healing, and treatment of candidiasis. While demand is increasing, the natural populations of Echinacea are dwindling due to wild crafting and the loss of habitat caused by urban development. Understanding of the genetic diversity of natural populations is crucial in the management and conservation of the...
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