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MPNS Resource updated to Version 6, articles in BBC news & EuJIM journal 
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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
We have recently updated the MPNS resource to Version 6 – refreshing the scientific nomenclature and taxonomy to ensure it is up to date and adding 16 new references to expand our coverage of medicinal plants and the names used for them.
 
V 6.0 includes 18,481 plants – this is approximately 4,500 more plants than were included in the previous version!
 
You can find a full list of the stats below, following other news about our work.
 
Best wishes,
Jason & the MPNS team
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MPNS resource updated to Version 6 

MPNS V6.0 covers:

  • 18,481 plants cited as having a medicinal use in those references, of which:
    • 17,450 are species
    • 1,031 are infraspecies (subspecies, varieties, formas)
    • These plants belong to 360 families 
  • For these plants, the references incorporated employ:
    • 51,047 scientific name records of which 22,309 are unique
    • 101,135 non-scientific name records for 68,772 unique non-scientific names including:
      • 2325 unique pharmaceutical names
      • 66,463 unique other names (common and drug names)
  • For these plants, MPNS has linked to:
    • 228,111 scientific names derived from Kew’s taxonomic databases. 
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New References
 
MPNS V 6.0 is based on our coverage of 117 medicinal plant references. This includes 6 new references in version 6.0 which are of particular significance in trade and regulation. These are:
  • China Pharmacopoeia Commission (ed.) (2015). Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China 2015, Chinese edition. China Medical Science and Technology Press, Beijing.
  • Comisión Permanente de la Farmacopea de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (ed.) (2013). Farmacopea Herbolaria de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Ed. 2.. Secretaria de Salud, Mexico.
  • ISO (2009). ISO 4720:2009: Essential oils -- Nomenclature (in English and French). [Third edition 2009-08-15]. International Organization for Standardization, Geneva.
  • Malaysian Herbal Monograph Committee (1999 - 2013). Malaysian Herbal Monograph. Volumes 1 - 3. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
  • WHO (1990). Medicinal plants in Viet Nam (WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series No. 3). World Health Organization, Manila.
  • WHO (1997). Medicinal Plants in China: A Selection of 150 Commonly Used Species (WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series No. 2). World Health Organization, Manila. 

In addition, a further 10 new references have been added in version 6.0 to improve our ethnobotanical and regional coverage within the following countries: Australia, China, Jordan, Nepal, Nigeria and Serbia.

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