This surprising finding demonstrates the importance of botanical microscopy in the study of botanical products and their impact on human health. Quality control is a critical aspect for researchers and companies alike, as contamination can lead to false positives or negatives in research, mislabeled product content, and unpredictable bioactivity. With the inherent difficulty in the study of medicinally active plants, the utmost care must be taken to ensure that the product is authentic, free of contaminants, and contains the claimed level of pharmacologically relevant compounds. Visual observation under a microscope using Visikol for Plant Biology can easily identify contamination which cannot be determined without the use of highly sophisticated and specialized techniques. The simplicity, inexpensiveness, and great utility of botanical microscopy call for its use in every lab devoted to botanical products.
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