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Good luck to Medplant's Coordinator!
Posted by: Admin on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 10:03 PM
MedPlantNet News
As many of you know, Rolie Srivastava who has been the Co-ordinator of MEDPLANT for the past two years, is leaving her position to a very exciting new one! Rolie will be having a baby sometime in the coming weeks, and is busy preparing with her husband for the arrival of their first child.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rolie for all of her efforts in developing MEDPLANT and bringing all the members and visitors together in this relatively new and emerging forum. It has been a challenge to meet the needs of very diverse interests and organizations from across the globe, and Rolie has worked diligently and enthusiastically in establishing the website and facilitating dialogue among different groups.

Thank you, Rolie, for all of your contributions to MEDPLANT. Best wishes to you,James and the baby!

Liz Fajber
Senior Program Officer

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Cultivation of Devil's Claw
Posted by: Admin on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 09:53 PM
MedPlantNet News
Martin Bauer GmbH & Co KG, a major company within the global network of MB-Holding, has successfully cultivated devil�s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) for the first time worldwide.

The department for cultivation has managed to cultivate the wild-growing devil�s claw in cooperation with its partner company in South Africa, and the first wide-scale commercial growing of the root is being carried out in South Africa and Namibia. The medicinal herb originally derived from the Kalahari desert of Africa and flourishes only in very dry desert soil. This year's harvest will supplement the raw material needed for producing extracts and teas made of devil�s claw and will support the MB-Holding policy of expanding its contracted growing of herbal remedies within its group "the nature network".

By successfully growing the herb, Martin Bauer will be protecting the species that grow in the wild while also guaranteeing its customers raw materials of consistent high quality.

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Proceedings of the Scientific Forum on Caribbean Ethnomedicine
Posted by: Admin on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 09:28 PM

Proceedings of the Scientific Forum on Caribbean Ethnomedicine and Medicinal Plants was held at Montego Bay, December 6-7th, 2002.

The objectives were:
1. To discuss the possibility of NPI, UWI becoming the WHO Collaborating Center for the Americas for Ethnomedicine and Medicinal Plants (EMP).
2. To encourage international collaboration in EMP.
3. To have a back-to-back meeting with the Caribbean Herbal Business Forum to explore possibilities for synergy and investment.
4. To launch of a Global EMP website.
5. To identify future priorities and possibilities

For more information please contact:

Dr. Sylvia Mitchell
Medicinal Plant Research Group
Biotechnology Centre
University of the West Indies
Mona, Kingston 7

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Cultivating a Healthy Enterprise: Developing a medicinal plant chain in India
Posted by: Admin on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 09:13 PM
MedPlantNet News
The book, 'Cultivating a Healthy Enterprise: Developing a Sustainable Medicinal Plant Chain in Uttaranchal, India' is a joint effort between KIT (the Netherlands), CSD (Dehradun, India) and IAMR (New Delhi).

The book looks at the supply chain analysis and provides a powerful tool in designing actions that enhance sustainable economic development. In their commitment to 'cultivate health enterprise' KIT, IAMR, and CSD developed an approach where stakeholders interact to construct a sustainable and equitable chain. A case study was conducted on medicinal plants in Uttaranchal, India.

For more information on this publication please contact:

Mr. John Belt
Agricultural Economist
KIT-Royal Tropical Institute
Sustainable Economic Development Group
PO Box 95001
1090 HA Amsterdam
the Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)20 568 8489/8374
fax: +31 (0)20 568 8498

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Healing Powers go Online
Posted by: Admin on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:35 PM
MedPlantNet News
The internet has become the unlikely hi-tech home to generations of traditional remedies that are being used by Western drug companies.

For centuries traditional healers have been discovering and passing on remedies for all kinds of ailments with potentially huge benefits to Western pharmaceutical companies and consumers. The lion's share of such local knowledge has been exploited by drug companies which have stamped their own patent on the discoveries and failed to return any share of the profits to local people, say the project leaders of a new website.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with a range of other organisations intent on protecting the rights of indigenous people hope that the Tekpad (Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database) website will go some way to redress this bio-piracy by offering US and European patent offices a comprehensive list of traditional remedies that are already in the public domain.

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