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Latest Missouri Botanical Garden Stories

2011-12-15 12:02:18

One Quarter of Water Extracts and Three Quarters of Alcoholic Extracts From 341 Medicinal Plants Had Toxic Side Effects Many developing countries rely on traditional medicine as an accessible and affordable treatment option for human maladies. However, until now, scientific data has not existed to evaluate the potential toxicity of medicinal plant species in Peru. Scientists from the William L. Brown Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis led a study using brine shrimp to...

2011-03-31 00:58:26

Missouri Botanical Garden has played a significant role in identifying a new genus with two confirmed species from Equador and Peru The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) has played a significant role in identifying a new genus, Yasunia, with two confirmed species from Ecuador and Peru, Y. quadrata and Y. sessiliflora. New species are often found among the samples that are gifted to the Missouri Botanical Garden for identification. While hundreds of new plant species are identified each year,...

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2010-12-30 06:00:00

Researchers from the US and UK unveiled a new online database of plant names on Wednesday in what they are calling an attempt to help global conservation, medicinal, and agricultural efforts. The Plant List, as it is known, is a collaborative effort by workers at London's Kew Gardens and the Missouri Botanical Garden, located in St. Louis. It is said to be the most comprehensive list of botanical life ever assembled, featuring the names of 1.25 million plants "ranging from essential food...

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2010-11-05 08:28:10

Botanists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have described eight new plant species collected in the Madidi National Park and surrounding areas located on the eastern slopes of the Andes in northern Bolivia. The new species are from several different genera and families and are published in a recent edition of the Missouri Botanical Garden journal Novon. Missouri Botanical Garden scientists and colleagues from the National Herbarium in La Paz, Bolivia describe Prestonia leco, Passiflora...

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2010-09-21 07:40:00

Experts in Britain and the United States are working to create an accurate record of the world's known plant species, and have so far reduced the global inventory by some 600,000 species. Many of the previously recorded species were duplicates, said the researchers, who expect the final number of species appearing on the official "ËœPlant List' to be closer to 400,000. The final list, due later this year, will not include ferns or algae, which account for about 10,000 and 30,000...

2009-05-13 09:55:53

Scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden are calling for the inclusion of indigenous peoples around the world in helping monitor the effects of global climate change and develop policy. In a special issue on traditional peoples and climate change in the May volume of "Global Environmental Change" published by Elsevier, guest editors Dr. Jan Salick, Senior Curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Dr. Nanci Ross, research specialist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, highlight the role...

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2008-05-01 01:40:00

A botanist from the Missouri Botanical Garden recently spotted a rare parasitic plant that hasn't been seen in more than 20 years.St. Louis botanist George Yatskievych stumbled upon the plant in a pine oak forest in the mountains. The plant has a pine cone-shaped dense cluster of flowers and juicy celery-like stalks.It's "weird and wonderful," says Yatskievych."I've always been interested in plants that don't conform to our preconceived notion of what a plant should be," he said. "Beauty is...