Poor missing out on moringa seeds’ water-purifying powers
SciDev.net, 24 March 2010

OUDTSHOORN, SOUTH AFRICA: Seeds from a tree that grows widely across the developing world could play a key role in water purification – but there is lack of awareness about this application despite a long indigenous history, say researchers. The Moringa tree – Moringa oleifera – is native to North India but is also found in Indonesia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and is used in many communities mostly for food and folk medicine. Crushed Moringa seeds to water can cut the time taken for bacteria and solids to settle from a full day to just one hour, and has potential for preventing diarrhoea, according to Michael Lea, who published his research in Current Protocols in Microbiology. Vallantino Emongor, a M. oleifera expert at the University of Botswana, said: “What is exciting is that this tree is drought resistant and is accessible throughout Africa and India. Communities need to learn what the seeds can do.” Read the article … Read the full paper in Current Protocols in Microbiology