In Western Australia, the main harvest time is January, although some trees have multiple flowerings and can produce fruit up to July. In the Northern Territory harvest occurs in April.It is harvested with hands.
Tropical, spreading tree up to 14m high with mottled bark and pale green leaves. The white-yellow flowers develop into whitish-green fruit.Approx. 1 seed per gram. Grows in a variety of soil types and conditions.
Wait till the fruit has ripened and the fruit will fall off the stem, this is the safest way to be sure the fruit is ripe and good.
5-petalled flowers are 30-50 mm across, bluish-purple, with bright yellow anthers. The flowers appear spasmodically in spring and summer in clusters of 3-5 in the leaf axils. The egg-shaped berries, 20-30 mm long, are a bright orange-yellow with a warty appearance when ripe.
The fruit was used as a poultice for swollen joints. The plant contains a steroid which is important to the production of cortisone.
The world's richest source of vitamin C is found in this native fruit from the woodlands of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The plum has 50 times the vietnam compared to oranges, and was the major source of food for tribes in the areas where it grows.
Effect technology on driving new drug treatments and through bio harvesting of plantsand the need for further developments.
Here we have a table of drugs being developed for 3 diseases between 1998-2014 as you can see out of of these not even a quarter of the attempts were successful.
On average it takes 10 years and $2.6 billion for a new drug to go from discovery to being sold and used on patients.Out of all new drugs being developed less than 12 percent of them will move to the stage of clinical testing.
There is a need for more medical drugs to move to the clinical stage and become available for medical use which is why technology is so important as is allows more knowledge to be seen.
How has technology lead to advances in scientific understanding of medicinal plants
Blushwood Berries is a naturally grown trees known to exist in small areas of the australian rainforest. This plant has been on a eight-year study by a medical research institute, this berry can kill cancers in skin melanomas. This is a huge breakthrough and will save many lives. The compound that is used works rapidly with signs at just 48 hours. This compound has a 75% chance of success. This will help with the evolution of science and medicinal plants.
Traditional plants have significant meaning
The practice of traditional Aboriginal medicine within Australia is at risk of being lost due to the impact of colonization. This makes traditional plants very important to aboriginal and Torres strait islanders. These plants satisfy all their needs, without taking more than needed,many of them moved around never in one spot so being able to access these plants was very necessary for them. Aboriginal and Torres strait islanders now value these traditional plants as it provided substance for their ancestors and for a lot of them now it also still provides medicine in there communities and they would be at loss without them. (Recognition and protection of traditional plants is important to keep the right of the plants to the aboriginal and Torres strait islander communities,However the commercialization of indigenous intellectual and cultural property has often been done without respect for indigenous cultures, without consent or legal indigenous control.)- Respecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights, Terri Janke, UNSW LawJournal www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/UNSWLJ/1999/16.txt/cgi-bin/download.../16.rt
When dealing with research concerning the use of traditional plants for medicinal information Aboriginal and torres strait islanders should be acknowledged as scientist are traditional plants from there home land(Australia0 which was originally home to just theem.This research could lead to advances in medical cases and could make a significant impact and the traditional owners of our land should be recognize. We are using there materials from there home and ours to further medicine.
Argument for use
Scientist should be using traditional plants for medicinal uses as there has already been many breakthroughs with using these plants for example tea tree has been used for over 70 years in medical issues it has strong antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. As i mentioned before the Blushwood Berry has recently been found the kill of skin melanomas which is a hug discovery in the medical world and could save thousands.These traditional plants could help cure so many diseases with how many different species of traditional plants there are we should be using this to our advantage to further research into medicine.