Plants for medicine with ethnobotanist Michael Balick

April 29, 2013 | Author: AAAS MemberCentral Project Director and Managing Editor Peggy Mihelich

Traditional cultures in tropical, subtropical, and desert environments have long understood and used plants for the treatment of illness and to promote well-being. Michael Balick studies the relationship between plants and people as an ethnobotanist for The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. His work has taken him all over the world. Just recently Balick was on a remote Pacific island in the republic of Vanuatu where he was working with indigenous people, talking to them about health care and their interest in documenting the medicinal knowledge of their elders.

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