South Carolina boasts a number of researchers currently working on some
aspect of the medicinal use of plants. Projects are underway to isolate
the active ingredients of traditional herbal medicines, to protect wild
stocks by laboratory propagation or other means, and to isolate estrogenic
compounds in several plants, to name just a few. At the same time,
Clemson’s agricultural researchers are exploring medicinal plants which
might someday take the place of tobacco as a high-income crop. Ethnobotanists
are examining the cultural aspects of the plant-medicine connection. Finally,
South Carolina is home to one of the world’s major gingko biloba plantations,
the only tea plantation in North America, and numerous plants used in the
herbal medicine trade.
A small group of researchers and faculty from the state’s three research universities came together under the umbrella of the Sustainable Universities Initiative to discuss areas of common interest and potential collaboration within the broad outline of plants and medicine. This conference was an opportunity to continue and expand the discussion.
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