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Tracking 2,000 Years of Healing Culture: Traditional Medicinal Plant Use in Northern Peru

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 @ 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Rainer W. Bussmann, Ph.D.,
Head, William L.. Brown Center for Plant Genetic Resources,
Missouri Botanical Garden

More than 80% of the world’s population still depends on plant medicines as their primary form of health care. As direct compounds or molecular blueprints, plants provide the molecular basis of many pharmaceuticals.

In Northern Peru, the center of the old Central Andean “Health Axis,” stretching from Ecuador to Bolivia, the roots of traditional healing practices go as far back as 1,500 B.C.; and the region harbors one of the most diverse medicinal floras on the globe. Join the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Dr. Rainer Bussmann for a look at the Garden’s research on medicinal plant species, its exciting botanical discoveries, and its efforts to conserve this wealth of medicines for future generations.

OASIS in Forest Park

Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center

5595 Grand Drive

St. Louis, MO 63112

FREE to the first 15 registrants, $9 per person thereafter.

To register call or e-mail Maggie Bauer at 314-533-8586 or mbauer@academyofsciencestl.org.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
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