What plants are you investigating for medicinal potential?

We’re particularly interested in a member of the carnation family whose common name is cow cockle (Saponaria vaccaria). It’s a minor weed out here in the Prairies, but it’s of interest to us because we’ve obtained a number of different accessions - plants of the same variety - from different places in the world to investigate. Cow cockle produces a number of interesting chemicals, and it’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We began to look at the seed, which cow cockle produces in large quantities, because it contains classes of chemical compounds we think may have some potential in the health area.
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