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‘Illegal Use of Endangered species and the use of miss-identified plants’

This talk will cover a range of issues associated with the trade of endangered species and the need for more information about the identification of plant-derived products entering the trade.


More and more land is being lost to agriculture and urban development, so the pressure on biodiversity increases with many plants becoming endangered. Those species with commercial uses can also be over-harvested. This talk will cover a range of issues associated with the trade of endangered species and the need for more information about the identification of plant-derived products entering the trade. In an age of increased interest in “naturals” as food, in cosmetics and medicines, we need to have the skills to be able to identify the plants we are using. The talk will be illustrated by research projects being undertaken in different parts of the world and highlights the need to maintain skills such as taxonomy along with embracing modern analytical and DNA-barcoding technologies.

Monique Simmonds is Deputy Keeper & Head of Sustainable Uses of Plants Group (Biological Interactions Section and Centre for Economic Botany), Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Head of Kew Innovation Unit. She studied Agricultural Zoology and Pure Zoology at Leeds University and then went onto undertake a PhD with Prof Wally Blaney at Birkbeck College, University of London. She was then employed by Kew to study animal-plant interactions and has remained at Kew since. She is a visiting Professor at Birkbeck College & School of Pharmacy, University of London and Greenwich University. At Kew she co-ordinates research into the economic uses of plants/fungi, their potential as pharmaceutical, cosmetics and agrochemical leads, and as sources of new sustainable crops. She has extensive experience of working in developing countries, investigating the uses of plants for control of pests as well as improving wellbeing (treatment of HIV, TB and malaria) and poverty alleviation (plants-derived products as sources of income).


Speaker(s):

Professor Monique Simmonds | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

30 October 2009 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PD


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Organised by:

Ecology and Conservation Studies Society
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Tickets:

Free

Available from:

E-mail: environmentevents@FLL.bbk.ac.uk for booking and venue details. (tel: 020 7631 6473)

Additional Information:

Booking essential. Doors open at 6.00pm
This is one of six lectures on consecutive Friday evenings from 16 October to 20 November inclusive, on the subject of 'What's in a Name? - Taxonomy and Biodiversity' Saving our Experts from Extinction
Full details of all speakers and their lectures are available at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/environment/news/lectures

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