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Muthi: Exploring the medicinal flora of southern Africa

Olwen Grace, Country Officer for Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) explores the medicinal flora of southern Africa

Tropical Africa is home to more than 500 million people, most of whom depend on plants for their everyday needs and well being. More than 7,000 higher plant species, both wild-harvested and cultivated, are used by people in this vast region of the African contintent. Knowledge of utility plants is indispensible for rural development and habitat management, but information is often inaccessible to users in developing countries where it is needed most. Olwen Grace is Country Officer for PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa). PROTA's aims are simple but ambitious: to provide a reliable information source about the plant resources of tropical Africa, accessible to all who need it. This lecture would be of specific interest for students and staff of the School of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences and of general interest to everyone wishing to improve their knowledge of African ethnobotany. http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/scihort/ecbot/prota.html


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Date and Time:

12 February 2007 at 7:30 pm


1 hour



Botanika - The University of Reading Botanical Society
Dept. of Plant Sciences
University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
07716 739556

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