FLOWER ESSENCES: INSPIRING PLANT CONSERVATION

North American Pawpaw Flower & Fruit by Katherine Ziff

By Katherine Ziff Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world – John Muir Where I grow plant spirits may safely play – Asimina triloba What inspires care for Earth’s medicinal plants? How can we encourage a relational connection with nature that might lead to plant conservation? The plants themselves offer this …

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WILDCRAFTING IN A WARMING WORLD: TOWARDS REGENERATIVE PRACTICES FOR LIFE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

nuphar lake 2017

by Scott Kloos It’s a clear, somewhat chilly September morning in the high desert mountains of southeastern Oregon. I am here with a small group of people facilitating a plant teacher immersion trip. The day previous we came to this same place to commune with Aspen (Populus tremuloides); today we will ceremonially connect with Yellow …

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IT’S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE: IN VITRO METHODS FOR STORING MEDICINAL PLANT GERMPLASM

By Rustin A. Rohani, MA, BSc Despite the arrival of pharmaceutical drugs, humans have historically used plants to treat illnesses (Ganie et al., 2015). Even today, there are about 30 essential drugs directly sourced from plants (Veeresham, 2012). There are almost 18,000 documented medicinal plants in the world with many of them threatened from climate …

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GINSENG AND THE FATE OF THE COMMONS: A LESSON FROM HISTORY

by Luke Manget, PhD By the turn of the twentieth century, the imminent extinction of ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) was one of the common topics of conversation around the country stores. Ginseng had been a lucrative commodity in the United States since the 1730s when European and colonial traders realized the value of a common woodland …

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MEDICINAL PLANTS USED IN TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE IN THE FIFA VILLAGE/SOUTHERN JORDAN

by Abdullah Aloshoush Abstract This study was conducted to identify the uses of plant species in traditional medicine in the Fifa village and to collect this information and save it from loss. Some of this information is not scientifi cally documented but is personally tested by some local communities. The questionnaire was taken with key …

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A STORY OF MEDICINAL PLANTS FROM THE OGIEK OF KENYA

ogiek hunter

By Fidensio Kinyamu Ndegwa In the Rift valley of Kenya, near Nakuru town is Mau forest. Mau forest is an important water tower, a source of numerous important rivers, including the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro, Sondu, Mara, and and Njoro. The Mara River is particularly important because the story of the wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara …

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THE LONG ROAD TO SUSTAINABLE LICORICE

licorice

by Josef A. Brinckmann Licorice, the roots, rhizomes, and stolons of Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis, and more rarely G. inflata,1 is among the most widely used medicinal plants globally, in terms of annual quantities harvested and exported but also in terms of the number of formulations that contain it, especially in the traditional Chinese,2 Japanese …

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