ARECANUT (Areca catechu)
Fam: Palmae / Arecaceae
  • A tropical palm mainly cultivated and used in Indian subcontinent for mastication.


Research Centres working on arecanut
    1. CPCRI Regional Station, Vittal.= Started in 1956.
    2. CPCRI Research Centre, Hirehalli (Tumkur)
    3. CPCRI Research Centre, Peechi (Kerala)
    4. CPCRI Research Centre, Mohitnagar (W.B)
    5. CPCRI Research Centre, Kahikuchi (Assam)
    6. CPCRI Research Centre,Palode (Kerala)= Here main work is on YLD


  • Alkaloids present in arecanut
  • Arecoline is the main and physiologically most active alkaloid present to an extent of 0.07 to 0.1 per cent.
    1. Masticatory use: Betel or pan.
    2. Socio religious uses:
    3. Medicinal uses:

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