Asst. Prof. Dr. Ender Volkan Çınar, from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cyprus International University (CIU), started a project on the anticancer and antibacterial properties of some endemic species from the Labiate family that grows in Northern Cyprus.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Çınar said that they conduct a scientific study including a biological activity about the effects of some endemic species belonging to the Labiate family from Northern Cyprus with anticancer and antimicrobial extracts to be obtained from the essential oils.
Çınar stated that this project will fill the existing scientific gap related to the flora of Northern Cyprus and said, “By exploring the medical properties of many endemic species in Northern Cyprus, it will also help raise awareness about the vegetation here”.
Çınar said that the Labiate family contains a number of important medicinal plants and these plants grow in areas where there is the density of maquis and garig.
Çınar pointed out that these flowering plants, which are particularly rich in essential oil contents, have been used among the people for centuries for both spices and various diseases and their scientific effects have been revealed by scientific research.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ender Volkan Çınar stated that although there are many species belong to this family in Northern Cyprus, there are very few studies on them.