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San Diego Botanic Garden to create a national medicinal plants collection and research consortium


Last updated 3/17/2022 at 3:28pm

Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum) is one of the most widespread and iconic chaparral shrubs of California. The research consortium may recommend this plant for inclusion in the medicinal plants collection. Village News/ Quentin photo

ENCINITAS – San Diego Botanic Garden launched a national medicinal plants collection and research consortium, the beginning of March, that was made possible by a $384,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation. During the next year, SDBG and collaborators at the Salk Institute will establish what will become a best-in-class model for the curation and conservation of economic plants and the development of plant-based medicines.

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