There was a great interest in the world and that extended to the plant world, so these universities built medical faculties, primarily of botanists. And in order to study the medicine of their era in a scientific way they began these collections.
One researcher thinks the drugs of the future might come from the past: botanical treatments long overlooked by Western medicine.
Astrophysicists get to study the whole wide universe. Evolutionary biologists get to study the very origins of life. Botanists, they get…plants. It’s a humble field. In Harry Potter terms, it’s like skipping the fun Hogwarts classes—Dark Arts, Charms, Care of Magical Animals—in favor of Herbology.
The future of regenerative medicine may be plants.
The message here is, of course, that the future is science. That becoming a ballerina or an actor is a dreamscape fairytale that has no place in a real world of cold hard cash and sciencey-sounding things like botany.
As the population of people on earth continues to explode, the need to produce more productive crops and more nutritious foods will depend on the talents of botanists. Because all people use resources and produce wastes, there will also be increasing pressures on the environment with a need for botanists to help solve problems with air, water, and soil pollution and to preserve the ecosystems around the globe. The world is constantly changing, but the need for future botanists remains strong.
I have always been fascinated by the difference between plants and the drugs that are isolated from them. This goes back to my student days at Harvard in the 1960s, where I received my undergraduate degree in botany, and then went on to medical school. It’s rare — too rare, I have to say — for botanists to become doctors. The experience gave me a unique perspective on health and medicine.
My field, botany, is a rigorous and exciting scientific discipline. It is broad and inclusive, encompassing the study of everything related to the plant kingdom, from the workings of cells and DNA to the role of plants as drivers of the planet’s ecosystem and providers of global food supplies.
Tales of a lover of plants, history and travel.
I research reticulate evolutionary processes, including hybridization and polyploidy, and their effects on plant systematics, genomics, and physiological ecology. I'm particularly interested in the seed-free vascular plants, ferns and lycophytes.
My name is Daniel, and I am a bona fide plant nerd. I grow plants, study plants, work with plants, and write about plants. This blog will document my plant obsession. It is for the equally plant obsessed, as well as for the plant interested and the plant curious.
Plants of the Northeastern U.S.
Essays, botanical travelogues, and other resources provided for students, instructors and anyone else seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of plants.
Brilliant Botany began as a blog in November of 2011. It focused on photographs, plant facts, and plant ID. It has since expanded to include a website, social media presence and, as of 2013, a YouTube series. Brilliant Botany is intended as a resource for anyone interested in plants, and a means for building community
Discover thousands of New England plants.
The three-fold purpose of Medicine Hunter Inc. is to promote natural, plant-based medicines, to protect the natural environment, and to support indigenous cultures.
Commentary on all things Bryological.
[email protected] is a tool to help to identify plants with pictures. It is organize in different databases. Please choose the one corresponding to your location.
The track includes three dimensions: (1) the way social scientists and historians treat the history of psychiatry and healing, especially as it intersects with plant medicines; (2) a reflection about the substances themselves, and their effects on bodies; and (3) traditional healing, as it connects back to our understanding of drugs and of psychiatry - Bia Labate
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Adventures in hiking, wild foods, herbal medicine, and gratitude.
Where botany meets the cutting board.
A plant pundit comments on plants, the foibles and fun of academic life, and other things of interest.
The Plant Press is the quarterly newsletter from the Department of Botany and the U.S. National Herbarium. The purpose of The Plant Press is to provide information about the activities of the Department. Included are articles about staff research and travel, visitors, new publications, and plant conservation highlights.
Academics, biodiversity, genetics, & evolution.
The Department of Botany promotes modern plant biology by engaging in forward-looking teaching and research, with strengths in evolution, systematics and ecology.