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Developing Value-added Foods and Promoting Healthy Eating

papayaAt Fort Valley State University plants are being studied that have medicinal and nutraceutical value.  Products from Scutellaria have anti-cancerous properties, are inhibitory to HIV-1 and influenza viruses, and are useful in the treatment of a wide range of nervous conditions.  Centellaasiatica  products are used as a tonic for mental calm and clarity and for inflammation and burns.  Bacopa sp. products are used for memory enhancement and to treat dermatitis, anemia, fever, diabetes, cough, anorexia, dyspepsia, mangodropsy arthritis, and mental conditions.  Some fruits have unique properties as well, such as  guava for treating gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea and dysentery, vomiting, stomach aches, diabetes, vaginitis, leucorrhea, and intestinal parasitosis. Peaches  have bioactive compounds that help hair growth and blood circulation and relieve bladder inflammation and other urinary tract problems.  The bioactive compounds in phalsa (fruit) can be used in cardiac and blood disorders, to reduce fever, and its roots alleviate coughing problems and for treating irritable intestines and bladder problems.  Papaya is used to treat ulcers, swelling, toothaches, fever and sour stomach.  The pulp is also used in facial creams, salves, and shampoos.  All of these plants are being studied with the following objectives:  developing efficient biotechnology protocols for regeneration and conservation of medicinal and nutraceutical plants; screening for useful bioactive components; genetic transformation to enhance and improve the desired quality characteristics and increase abiotic stress tolerance for wider adaptation.