Bengaluru scientists map genome of tulsi plant

BACKtulsiA team of scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, have mapped the entire genome of the tulsi plant to determine the genes responsible for production of compounds with potential medicinal properties.

Tulsi is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-pyretic and anti-cancer properties and has been under cultivation in India for almost 3000 years.

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Holy basil, is a sacred plant in the Hindu faith and is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes and for its essential oil.