Journal of Medicinally Active Plants

The Journal of Medicinally Active Plants is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, on-line professional journal sponsored by the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants. The Journal publishes scientific manuscripts related to the analysis, application, bioactivity, collection, conservation, cultivation, growth, harvest, identification , physiology, processing, and other issues related to medicinally active plant material. Investigators working with these plant materials are invited to submit articles for publication. Guidelines for publication are here.

The objective of this quarterly publication is to facilitate scholarly exchange among those studying and/or interested in medicinally active plants and plant extracts. For this reason, access to this journal is free. Members of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants may publish two articles each year without charge. For other authors, a small, pre-review fee is being assessed to cover handling charges. Issues are published in March, June, September, and December of each year. All published articles will include a volume number, issue number, and page numbers.

Authors may submit scientific articles, book reviews, comments, and other materials at any time by carefully following the above referenced guidelines. Material submitted for publication must be accompanied by a statement that the material has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and be a transfer of the article copyright to the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants.

Knowing that authors want quick publication, articles will be published in the issue following acceptance by referees and the Board of Editors. All questions and other correspondence about publication should be addressed to one of the Executive Editors or the Managing Editor.

Current Issue: Volume 9 (Vol 9 Issue 4-African Indigenous Plants III.)

Front Matter




Postharvest and Marketing of African Indigenous Vegetables: A Case Study from Zambia
Ramu Govindasamy, Alexandra Kelly, James E. Simon, Emil Van Wyk, Stephen Weller, Gnanasakthi Ramu, and Mwangala Mbeweu


Assessment of Agronomic Traits of Selected Spider Plant (Cleome gynandra L.) Accessions
Enock Mosenda, George Chemining’wa1, Jane Ambuko, and Willis Owino


Nutrient Composition of Raw and Steamed, Green and Purple Sweet Potato Leaf Varieties (Ipomoea batatas)
Taonga Chirwa-Moonga, Toose Muzungaile, Neleya Siyumbano, Himoonga Bernard Moonga, and Vincent Nyau


Participatory Farmer Evaluation of Selected African Indigenous Vegetables for Enhanced Food and Nutrition Security in Western Kenya
Francis Wayua, Christine Ndinya, Noel Makete, Martins Odendo, Eunice Onyango, Maurice Mudeheri, Elias Thuranira, Ludovicus Okitoi, Samuel Akolo, and Suleiman Kweyu


Assessment of Seed Quality of Selected African Leafy Vegetables Produced in Western Kenya using informal and semi-formal seed systems
Christine Ndinya, Fekadu Dinssa, James E. Simon, Naman Nyabinda, Norah Maiyo, Stephen Weller, Martins Odendo, Eunice Onyango, Michael Mwangi, and Noel Makete


Profitability Analysis of Traditional African Vegetable Seeds Production in Kenya
Henry Mvungi, Alaik Laizer, Philipo J. Lukumay, Justus Ochieng, Godfrey Ngoteya, Fekadu Dinssa, James E. Simon, Ramu Govindasamy, Christine Ndinya, and Martin Odendo


Improving Income and Nutrition of Smallholder Farmers in Eastern Africa using a Market-First Science-Driven Approach to Enhance Value Chain Production of African Indigenous Vegetables
James E. Simon, Stephen Weller, Daniel Hoffman, Ramu Govindasamy, Xenia Morin, Emily V. Merchant, Fekadu F. Dinssa, Emil Van Wyk, David Byrnes, Martins Odendo, Christine Ndinya, Henry H.A Mvungi, Justus Ochieng, Norah Maiyo, Mebelo Mataa, John Shindano, Himoonga Bernard Moonga, J Steve Yaninek, Qingli Wu, Naman Nyabinda, and Victor Afari-Sefa