Chinese researchers work on natural antiviral agent
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Botany have extracted an antiviral active ingredient from the wild flower, Strobilanthes cusia, reports the China Crop Protection Industry Association. The ingredient, 3-acetonyl-3-hydroxyoxindole (AHO), is reportedly “effective” at controlling tobacco mosaic virus and other plant pathogens. AHO is currently undergoing field tests in China, in which it has shown an efficacy of 90% at controlling plant diseases. The process of pesticide registration is currently under way.