Characterisation of antiviral compounds in Australian bush medicines

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2000

  • Author(s): Flower, Associate Robert, Professor

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Ethnobotany, the study of the interaction of indigenous peoples with plants, has been suggested as a useful guide for selecting plants that contain biologically active compounds. Only a limited number of the plants used in the medicine of the Australian Aboriginal peoples have been investigated in order to establish the biologically active constituents present and very few have been investigated for antiviral activity. In this study a number of known and novel antiviral compounds were isolated from Australian native plants traditionally used as a source of medicines