Domestication protocol (cropping cycle) for the cultivation of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta

Cryptolepis sanguinolenta is an important plant species used in the treatment of malaria. The root system is used by the pharmaceutical industry and herbal clinics to produce herbal decoctions for the treatment of malaria. However, the plant is currently being collected from the wild in non-sustainable ways. Thus, a cropping cycle has been developed to allow for the sustainable cultivation of the plant.

Benefits: 
It offers an alternative to wild harvesting and helps to conserve endangered species in their natural habitat.
It guarantees a steady, reliable and sustainable supply of raw material for the medicinal plant manufacturing industry.
Market: 
Plant Collectors/ Farmers
Pharmaceutical industry
Brewery industry
Research Institutes
Development Status: 
At the pre-commercial use stage.
Technology Developer: 
The technology developers are Dr. Naalamle Amissah, Department of Crop Science, University of Ghana; Dr. Dorcas Osei-Sarfo, Department of Chemistry, University of Ghana; and Mr. C. Mpere Asare, Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute.