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Sustainable supply, a foundation for natural product development: the case of Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata Roxb. ex Colebr.).

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Summary of "Sustainable supply, a foundation for natural product development: the case of Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata Roxb. ex Colebr.)."

Boswellia serrata Roxb. ex Colebr. is a multiple-use tree species used for fodder, timber and is tapped for an oleo-resin known internationally as Indian frankincense or Indian olibanum. The main commercial uses of B. serrata oleo-resin are medicinal, religious, and in cosmetics and perfumery. B. serrata, like other frankincense species, is an important source of boswellic acid used in the pharmaceutical industry. India is the only producer of B. serrata oleo-resin, mainly from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Jharkhand. Market demands, harvesting and managing practices have pressured Indian frankincense populations into imminent decline and start to affect populations of African frankincense as buyers turn to look for substitutions.

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Name: Journal of ethnopharmacology
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