Symbioses: Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions
Rose, Janna .
The reported use of dog rose galls to treat human gastroenteritis.
While conducting ethnobotanical field work in rural Central Anatolian villages, a tea made from smooth rose galls was reported as useful in treating gastroenteritis. The galls were formed by Cynipidae gall wasps and were found on the stems and occasionally the roots of the wild dog rose (Rosa canina L.) in rural Turkish villages. Plants in the Rosaceae family are commonly used to treat intestinal upset because of astringent properties and pectins. This novel use of rose galls was further investigated in order to determine the safety of consuming the tea and to describe the chemicals present in the galls. Whether the chemical constituents originate from plant or insect tissues has yet to be determined. Extracts made from the rose galls were analyzed for their anti-bacterial properties with promising results. The theoretical principles of ethnobotany describe plants as ideal sources of medicines because of their chemical response when faced with herbivory and other stress conditions. The research described herein lends support to this hypothesis.
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1 - Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, 11200 SW 8th Street, Owa Ehan 167, Miami, FL, 33199, USA
Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC)
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Location: 553B/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM