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A simple and efficient procedure to enhance artemisinin content in Artemisia annua L. by seeding to salinity stress

Z Qian, K Gong, L Zhang, J Lv, F Jing, Y Wang, S Guan, G Wang, K Tang

Abstract


Artemisinin is an effective anti-malarial drug extracted from Artemisia annua L. Due to the low content of artemisinin in A. annua, great efforts have been devoted to improve artemisinin production. Here we
report a simple and efficient procedure to enhance artemisinin content in A. annua by seeding to salinity stress. Our result shows that artemisinin content in the plant treated with 4 - 6 g/l NaCl could be significantly enhanced (up to 2 - 3% dry weight) compared to that in control plant (1% dry weight).



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