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Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

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Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases is an online database developed by James A. Duke at the USDA.

The databases report species, phytochemicals, and biological activity, as well as ethnobotanical uses.[1]

The current Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical databases facilitate plant, chemical, bioactivity, and ethnobotany searches. A large number of plants and their chemical profiles are covered, and data are structured to support browsing and searching in several user-focused ways. For example, users can

  • get a list of chemicals and activities for a specific plant of interest, using either its scientific or common name
  • download a list of chemicals and their known activities in PDF or spreadsheet form
  • find plants with chemicals known for a specific biological activity
  • display a list of chemicals with their LD toxicity data
  • find plants with potential cancer-preventing activity
  • display a list of plants for a given ethnobotanical use
  • find out which plants have the highest levels of a specific chemical

References to the supporting scientific publications are provided for each specific result. Also included are links to nutritional databases, plants and cancer treatments and other plant-related databases.

The content of the database is licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Duke, James A. (2016). "Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases" (Data Set). Ag Data Commons. doi:10.15482/USDA.ADC/1239279. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Show Help". phytochem.nal.usda.gov.

(dataset) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 1992-2016. Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. Home Page, http://phytochem.nal.usda.gov/ Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.