Production Potential of Shikimic acid in Uttarakhand state of India

The present paper examines the production potential of shikimic acid inUttarakhand state of India as shikimic acid is related to the production ofTamiflu®,one of the most demanding drug of present scenario;an antiviral intreatment of influenza. Information were gathered through literature survey, RTIcommunication and Targeted group discussion (TGD). The development potentialare enormous. These include forest resource,tropical climate, industrial policies,etc. Proper harnessing of these factors willno doubt place Uttarakhand state in abetter position to create a vibrant drug hub in the shikimic acid production.Currently shikimic acid is obtained only by Chinese star anise seed (found in china), which is only major source of shikimic acid across the globe and thus scarcity of shikimic acid remains major challenge in the case of any global epidemic. The present studies review and propose the alternative of the problem, in addition to propose proper solution. The paper concludes by proposing some key factorsto assist the objective.
Author(s): Silori GK, Pant GC, Kumar P, Singh JK

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