Medicinal Mosses and Ferns

It is estimated that more than about 25% of modern drugs used today are derived from plants. As a part of drug discovery, we develop tool to screen and select plant that possess interesting bioactivities. Among the medicinal plants, mosses (bryophytes) and small ferns are of our interest since these groups have not been given enough attention due lack chemistry information and the quantity for analysis. Previous study reported that both moss and ferns are rich in terpenoids compounds, phenols glycosides, fatty acids, including some rare aromatic compounds.