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Basic discussion on genetics and its effects selective breeding of Dwarf Shrimp (Chris’s Research Part I)

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Salix is the genus for all willow. There are lots of types, and I don't think they're all the same in amounts of useful compounds. Here's a nice overview from Univ. Of Maryland. (Clarifies willows have salicin, not salicylic acid)

Plant Description

The willow family includes a number of different species of trees and shrubs native to Europe, Asia, and some parts of North America. Some of the more commonly known species are white willow/European willow (Salix alba), black willow/pussy willow (Salix nigra), crack willow (Salix fragilis), purple willow (Salix purpurea), and weeping willow (Salix babylonica). Not all willow species accumulate a therapeutically sufficient amount of salicin. In one study, the amount of salicin after 1 and 2 year growth in autumn and spring ranged from 0.08 - 12.6%. The willow bark sold in Europe and the United States usually includes a combination of the bark from white, purple, and crack willows.

Medicinal Uses and Indications

Willow bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the chemical salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for these effects. However, studies show several other components of willow bark, including plant chemicals called polyphenols and flavonoids, have antioxidant, fever reducing, antiseptic, and immune boosting properties. Some studies show willow is as effective as aspirin for reducing pain and inflammation (but not fever), and at a much lower dose. Scientists think that may be due to other compounds in the herb. More research is needed.

Source: Willow bark | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/willow-bark#ixzz3Cdj8XU4y

University of Maryland Medical Center

Given shrimp like all kinds of leafy things, I wouldn't be surprised if they ate chickweeds well. Add it to our list of leaves to give shrimp!

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