Data Sources

The medicinal plant data and images posted in this website are the result of a long-term research collaboration between scientists of the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) of the Lao PDR, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) with support from the California Community Foundation, the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) project, the National Cancer Institute, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Select Books and Book Chapters

  • Soejarto, D. D., Elkington, B. G., & Sydara, K. (Eds.). (2023). Medicinal Plants of Laos (1st ed.). CRC Press.

  • Elkington, B. G., Soejarto, D. D., & Sydara, K. (2014). Ethnobotany of Tuberculosis in Laos. SpringerBriefs in Plant Science. Retrieved from

  • Elkington, B. G., Southavong, B., Sydara, K., Bouamanivong, S., Souliya, O., Xayveu, M., Soejarto, D. D. (2010). The Search for Anti-Malarial Plants in Lao Palm-Leaf Manuscripts. In K. Adams & T. J. Hudak (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Lao Studies (pp. 277–288). Tempe, AZ: Southeast Asia Council, Center for Asian Research, Arizona State University.

  • Libman, A. S., Southavong, B., Sydara, K., Bouamanivong, S., Gyllenhaal, C., Riley, M. C., & Soejarto, D. D. (2009). The Influence of Cultural Tradition and Geographic Location on the Level of Medicinal Plant Knowledge Held by Various Cultural Groups in Laos. In C. J. Compton, J. F. Hartmann, & V. Sysamouth (Eds.), Contemporary Lao Studies: Research on Development, Language and Culture, and Traditional Medicine (p. 339). DeKalb, San Fransisco: Southeast Asia Publications.

  • Soejarto, D. D., Xuan, L. T., Vu, B. M., Dac, L. X., Bich, T. Q., Southavong, B., Sydara, K., Bouamanivong, S., Zhang, H. J., Fong, H. H., Tan, G. T., Pezzuto, J. M., Franzblau, S. G., Gyllenhaal, C., Riley, M. C., Hiep, N. T., Loc, P. K., Nguyen, V. H. (2002). Implementing IPR and benefit-sharing arrangements: Experiences in the University of Illinois at Chicago-Vietnam-Laos ICBG Program. In Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge on Genetic Resources in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Business (pp. 47–83). Tokyo: JBA/NITE.

  • Soejarto, D. D., Gyllenhaal, C., Tarzian-Sorensen, J. A., Fong, H. H., Xuan, L. T., Binh, L. T., Hiep, N. T., Hung, N. V., Vu, B. M., Bich, T. Q., Southavong, B., Sydara, K., Pezzuto, J. M. (2003). Bioprospecting arrangements: Experiences between the North and the South. In Biotec, NSTDA, & M. of S. and Technology (Eds.), Proceedings: The 2nd International Conference on Medicinal Mushroom and the International Conference on Biodiversity and Bioactive Compounds (pp. 5–22). Pattaya, Thailand.

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