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Medicinal Plants - Rich History, but is there a Future?

Saturday, March 15, 2014
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Storrs Campus
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, presents “Medicinal Plants - Rich History, but is there a Future?,” a lecture by Gary Schulte, UConn Master Gardener, from UConn’s Master Gardener Program. The lecture will be held in the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History on the UConn Storrs Campus, Saturday, March 15 at 3 pm.

Explore the evolution of plant materials utilized in medicinal formulations from ancient times to the present day. The story of medicinal plants has a complex history, connected to cultural practices, the use of natural resources, plant science, and the development of conventional “Western” medicine. What are the properties plants possess that make them medicinally useful and why do plants have these properties to begin with? Learn where medicinal plant research is today and where it might be headed.

Join Gary Schulte, UConn Master Gardener, who explored plant-based pharmaceuticals in partnership with the New York Botanical Garden and the Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has also researched marine and terrestrial organisms, including identifying novel chemistry from red algae and chemical signaling compounds from marine invertebrates. His research experiences indicate that perhaps we are only scratching the surface of what nature can offer in medicinal products. Gary Schulte is a Member of Kahuna Scientific Consulting, LLC and was a Research Fellow with Pfizer Central Research in Groton.

This program is open to adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460.

Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn

More information available at: http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html

Admission Fee: Free

Contact:

David Colberg david.colberg@uconn.edu

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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