Natural products from plants will continue to be regarded as important sources of biologically active compounds, flavourings, colourings and agrichemicals. Many of the relevant plants have yet to be fully exploited and it is reasonable to expect that even more novel and valuable compounds await discovery. With this in mind, many governments are now undertaking a more detailed evaluation of their endemic species. Advances being made in analytical techniques, sophisticated bioassays and biotechnological exploitation should provide the means by which these important plants continue to play a key role to the benefit of Man and his environment (Deans and Kennedy, 1991; Deans and Svoboda, 1993).
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