"Halophytes.tn" is a database dedicated to the study of the salt tolerant plants in Tunisia living on halomorphic soils along the coast, sebkhas, lakes and chotts. These halophyte plants, for the most part, occupy an important place in ethnopharmacology as well as in traditional medicine. Nowadays, it has been shown that these plants accumulate, in conditions of biotic and / or abiotic constraints, biologically active molecules, polyphenols which are the richest class in natural antioxidants. Thus, they possess different interesting biological properties in the medicinal field. They are also of great interest thanks to their applications in the food industry as dyes, additives and preservatives, in cosmetics as sunscreen for protection against UVA and UVB radiation, and in the pharmaceutical and medicinal field as an active ingredient.
As part of promoting local and introduced halophytes, the database "Halophytes.tn" sets the following specific objectives:
- Facilitate the identification of Halophytes in Tunisia for scientific researchers using a succinct and clear botanical description and photos taken from the ground, thus allowing them to orient their choice towards the halophytes which were not -or not well – studied.
- Highlight the potential of halophytes in Tunisia: medicinal, pharmaceutical, agro-food, nutraceutical, genetic, economic, cosmetic, bioremediation etc ...
- Valorize the results of the research work carried out on these plants within (LPE) and (LPAM) laboratories in Borj Cedria Technology Park, elsewhere in Tunisia and around the world.
Our database will be updated in the future and we encourage users to highlight errors to the corresponding author.