Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Of the 420,000 species of higher plants known to exist on earth, about half are found in the tropical regions of the world. Tropical forests are a rich reservoir of biological diversity, home to a vast range of flora and fauna. In this lecture, Dr. Michael J. Balick discusses the study of plants used in traditional healing by indigenous cultures, the science of ethnomedicine. Since 1987 he has worked with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapathic physician and resident of Belize, Central America, on an ethnobotany project to inventory the ancient and modern uses of the plants found in Belize.
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