aEnvironmental Futures Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
bBiomolecular and Physical Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
I am pleased to bring you volume 4, issue 4 of Pharmacognosy Communications. In this issue we present 7 original research reports examining the pharmacognosy of several important medicinal plants including a pharmacognostic and phytochemical study of Macrotyloma uniflorum, a phytochemical screening of Chromolaena odorata (Siam weed) and an investigation of its effects on the central nervous system, antimicrobial and toxicity studies on 2 species of Australian Syzygium and antimicrobial and phytochemical studies on Tasmannia lanceolata (Tasmanian pepper). This issue also features a study assessing the antimicrobial effects of probiotic bacteria isolated from several Indian foods against a panel of pathogenic bacteria, and a study to determine the optimum fermentation conditions of the mushroom Ganoderma lucidum to improve its antioxidant and antimicrobial content. For the first time, Pharmacognosy Communications also includes a study into improvements in pharmacognosy and pharmacology education. This report outlines a case study to highlight improved educational outcomes by using virtual laboratories.Read more…