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7 pm 22nd March 2017

Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Cardiff University

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


 Professor Monique Simmonds, OBE

Lord Phillips Memorial Lecture

 Plants as Killers and Healers: Known Your Plants!

This talk will provide an overview of how the collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are used to support, on the one hand, the detection and identification of plant-derived toxins, to their use in finding the next generation of drugs.

The talk will be illustrated by examples of work undertaken with traditional healers, cosmetic companies and the police. It will also cover the need to conserve more of our genetic resources and the impact of changes in land use and crop failure on the sustainable supply of quality plant material entering the trade.