USPTO employees consult the World Wide Web to obtain information that may be helpful for search purposes. One of the greatest challenges is the correct identification of the botanicals (and their active constituents) cited in patent applications. The Internet is an excellent source for this type of information. Below are some useful sites.
Note: The sites listed below are for general informational use and their presence on this list is not to be viewed as an endorsement by USPTO for any products or information presented at these sites.