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Authors Thevs, N., S. Zerbe, Y. Kyosev, A. Rozi, B. Tang, N. Abdusalih and Z. Novitskiy
Title Apocynum venetum L. and Apocynum pictum Schrenk (Apocynaceae) as multi-functional and multi-service plant species in Central Asia: a review on biology, ecology, and utilization
Source Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality
Author Keywords nw china tarim river populus-euphratica aqueous extracts leaf extract leaves components dynamics luobuma rats
Abstract During the second half of the 20th century cotton was strongly promoted along the rivers of Central Asia. The irrigation agriculture resulted in wide spread soil salinization and severe water shortages within the river systems. Most prominent example is the desiccation of the Aral Sea. The natural vegetation along the rivers of Central Asia is adapted to periods of water shortage, is very productive, and contains plant species with valuable utilization opportunities. We reviewed the literature about Apocynum venetum L. and A. pictum Schrenk, two plant species of those riparian ecosystems, which are used as fibre and medicinal plants. A. venetum and A. pictum yield fibres, which can be used as textiles, though the fibres best are blended with cotton and/or chemical fibres. Though, the fibre extraction process needs more research attention. Furthermore, the literature shows that Apocynum leafs are used to produce anti-hypertonic tea and medicine. Both species grow under the arid climate of Central Asia without irrigation, because they exploit groundwater. Furthermore, both species can withstand higher soil salinization levels than cotton. Both species can be used and provide an income to local people under conditions, which are unfavourable to grow crops under irrigation. Such conditions are unreliable water supply for irrigation systems and/or saline soils.
Author Address [Thevs, N.; Rozi, A.; Tang, B.] Ernst Moritz Arndt Univ Greifswald, Inst Bot & Landscape Ecol, D-17487 Greifswald, Germany. [Zerbe, S.] Free Univ Bozen Bolzano, Fac Sci & Technol, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy. [Kyosev, Y.] Niederrhein Univ Appl Sci, Fac Text & Clothing Technol, D-41065 Monchengladbach, Germany. [Abdusalih, N.] Xinjiang Univ, Inst Resource & Environm Sci, Urumqi, Xinjiang, Peoples R China. [Novitskiy, Z.] Republican Res Ctr Forestry & Ornamental Gardenin, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Thevs, N (reprint author), Ernst Moritz Arndt Univ Greifswald, Inst Bot & Landscape Ecol, Grimmer Str 88, D-17487 Greifswald, Germany.
ISSN 1439-040X
ISBN 1439-040X
29-Character Source Abbreviation J. Appl. Bot. Food Qual.
Year Published 2012
Volume 85
Issue 2
Beginning Page 159-167
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000323831700005
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