MPNS Newsletter December 2021:  Version 11 of MPNS is now live.
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Version 11 of MPNS is now live

Version 11 of the MPNS Resource was published on December 3rd through our search portal.

This is the second release of MPNS this year. We brought forward publication of V11 largely to enhance the consistency of herbal terminologies used by MPNS and The World Health Organisation's “WHODrug Global”.

Going forward we will look to publish a new version of MPNS every 12 months.

The dataset continues to grow:

Version 11 includes data drawn from 199 reference sources. 9 of these are new to V11 including:
  • Handbook of Arabian Medicinal Plants. Ghazanfar, S.A. (1994).
  • “Plants for Malaria: Plants for Fever” compiled by William Milliken at Kew from published research relating to Latin America (2021).
  • An “Inventory of Herbals Considered as Food” from the European Tea and Herbal Infusions Trade Association (2021).
  • Supplementary, new & modified entries for "Herbal Substances" from the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring (2021).
Details of all 199 reference sources now cited can be seen here.
IMAGE: From an illustrated manual of medicinal plants (1828) by Kan'en Iwasaki Tsunemasa (1786-1842).  Woodblock print.  Kew Archives.

MPNS V11 now comprises:

  • 341,408 plants: an increase of 3% on V10 - suggesting that we are still some way from having catalogued all medicinal plants!
  • > 204,000 unique pharmaceutical, drug, or common plant names in multiple languages and scripts.
  • > 47,000 scientific names employed for these plants in the medicinal plant literature.
  • Almost 300,000 unique scientific names were drawn from Kew’s botanical resources including their accepted scientific name, full synonymy, and APGIV family.  Kew’s underlying taxonomic resources continue to be revised, enhanced, and extended by our botanical colleagues.  There continue to be more than 10,000 changes to scientific plant names published every year.

Updated “Controlled vocabularies” for medicinal plants

As always, when publishing a new Version of MPNS through our search portal, we have updated the various “controlled vocabularies” we supply via web services to our partners and collaborators for specific purposes (e.g. for use with the ISO's drug data standard: Identification of Medicinal Products.)
IMAGE:  For those interested in Kew's wider scientific programme you can read here about our strategy going forward.

A big thank you!

We are indebted to our many volunteers, partners, and contributors for their invaluable insights and continuing generosity. Contributions are individually acknowledged on our portal.

Any feedback would be very welcome
Are we missing an important reference resource?

 Could our interface be easier to use?  

What additional data would you like to see added to the portal?  

Do you have a list of medicinal plants that you wish us to validate or enrich with other data?
Whatever your suggestion or question please continue to write to us. 

A few words explaining how you use MPNS and why it matters would be equally invaluable. So don’t stay quiet.  Please let us know what you think - your ideas and criticism help us improve.

Warm wishes for Xmas and the New Year to you all and our thanks, once more, for your continued interest and support.

The MPNS team
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