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Development and deployment of an ethnobotanical and phytochemical knowledge database of Malaysia

Mohd. Talkah, Shakina and Zulkiflee, Iylia and Omar, Mohd. Shahir Shamsir (2013) Development and deployment of an ethnobotanical and phytochemical knowledge database of Malaysia. Jurnal Teknologi (Sciences and Engineering), 64 (2). pp. 79-84. ISSN 0127-9696


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.11113/jt.v64.2049


Currently, all the information regarding ethnobotanical, phytochemical and pharmaceutical information of South East Asia are scattered over many different publications, depositories and databases using various digital and analogue formats. Although there are taxonomic databases of medicinal plants, they are not linked to phytochemical and pharmaceutical information which are often resides in scientific literature. We present Phyknome; an ethnobotanical and phytochemical database with more than 22,000 species of ethnoflora of Asia. The creation of this database will enable a biotechnology researcher to seek and identify ethnobotanical information based on a species’ scientific name, description and phytochemical information. It is constructed using a digitization pipeline that allow high throughput digitization of archival data, an automated dataminer to mine for pharmaceutical compounds information and an online database to integrated these information. The main functions include an automated taxonomy, bibliography and API interface with primary databases such as Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). We believe that Phyknome will contribute to the digital knowledge ecosystem to elevate access and provide tools for ethnobotanical research and contributes to the management, assessment and stewardship of biodiversity. The database is available at http://mapping.fbb.utm.my/phyknome/

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:biodiversity, database, ethnobotany, herbs, medicinal plant
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions:Biosciences and Medical Engineering
ID Code:50185
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:02 Dec 2015 02:09
Last Modified:27 Sep 2018 04:12

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