Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3804


Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), a medicinal salt-resistant plant has high adaptability and multiple-use values

Xiao Yong Ma1, Li Hua Zhang2, Hong Bo Shao2,5*, Gang Xu2, Feng Zhang1*, Fu Tai Ni3* and M. Brestic4
1Institute of Loess Plateau, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China. 2CAS Key Laoboratory of Costal Environmental Processes/Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Environmental Processes, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yantai 264003, Shandong Province, China. 3College of Life Sciences, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, Jilin Province, China. 4Department of Plant Physiology, Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 294976 Nitra, Slovakia. 5Institute for Life Sciences, Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), Qingdao 266042, China.
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  •  Accepted: 12 January 2011
  •  Published: 18 April 2011


Jerusalem aritichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is an Angiosperm plant species of the Compositae family, and a C-3 warm-season species of sunflower. This herbaceous plantshows significant ecological and commercial importance for its strong stress tolerance, very high yield potential and more application areas such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and industrial applications. The morphologic, bio-ecological characteristics, the utilization and applied values of H. tuberosus are introduced in the present review and put forward the problems that need to be studied further in the future for its wider application. Many wild plants besides H. tuberosus can be planted as medicinal plants in saline-alkali soil for their remarkable saline-alkali tolerance as well as economic values.


Key words: Helianthus tuberosus, medicinal plant, ecological improvement, salinization.