Institute of Health Systems has set up a computerised data base of
Medicinal flora called "MEDFLOR - INDIA". Published and
unpublished literature containing ethnobotanical information have
been collected. These articles are coded by an ethnobiologist to
yield structured information for the data base. The Institute
provides search and query services to researchers, research
institutions, and public health workers about medicinal plants.
This data base was set-up in the year 1993. To start with, the
Institute is focusing on the medicinal plants in A.P. So far, 200
unique usage entries of 400 plant species have been incorporated
in the data base. The data base was set up in technical assistance
from the Department of Pharmacy, University of Illiniois at
Chicago (UIC) and the Department of Botany, S K University,
Anantapur. Editorial guidelines for MEDFLOR and a format for
collection of ethnobotanical information hav been developed.
Further development of this data base is affected due to lack of
funding. The Institute is looking for support to continue to build
up this important resource.