This collaborative research project with Macquarie University follows requests from Meyanungsang's elders in Chungtia village, Nagaland, India, to document their traditional medicinal plant knowledge for its preservation and cultural value. Further studies were initiated to scientifically understand the medicinal properties of some of these plants.
Meyanungsang interviewed traditional knowledge holders and documented first-hand information of 135 medicinal plants. Eleven plants were studied for their antibacterial activities and three plants were analysed phytochemically. This resulted in the isolation of 15 antibacterial compounds and that support the medicinal use of these plants by Meyanungsang's village.