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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

by Josef Brinckmann HerbalGram. 2019; American Botanical Council This opinion piece is based partly on direct observations from fieldwork over the decades with communities in rural and remote areas who depend on wild collection and farming of medicinal plants for some or all of their household income. Flowering, fruiting, harvesting periods, and yields of many of these plants have become erratic.1 My opinions also

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Plants in Peril: Climate Crisis Threatens Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

HerbalGram issue 81, published in 2009, featured an extensive article by then-Managing Editor Courtney Cavaliere about the effects of climate change on medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs).1 In the decade since then, the situation has intensified, and new insights have emerged. In the face of climate change, plants, including MAPs, may move, adapt, or go extinct. Indeed, large-scale changes in plant distributions,

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Climate Effects on Phytochemistry and Antioxidant Activity of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Xanthorrhoeaceae), a perennial succulent native to South Africa, thrives in subtropical and tropical regions. It is drought-resistant and tolerates a wide range of climatic conditions. Aloe vera is a rich source of phytochemicals, some of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, immune-boosting, anticancer, anti-aging, and antidiabetic effects. Medicinally, it is used for burns,

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