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Did you know that an astounding 8% of medicinal plants found in global trade (including for dietary supplements and beauty products) originate in the Balkans? Many of these species are under threat due to overharvesting and sometimes the wrong species are collected and sold, which could lead to adverse health outcomes in folks who use such products. Moreover, local people who depend on the wild plant trade for their livelihoods are facing greater challenges as factors like climate change and unsustainable harvest limit the availability of these important plants.

Dr. Quave is leading an international team of experts on an expedition across the Sharri mountains of Kosovo and Albania this June! We are seeking donations to help support the expedition costs, which range from travel and lodging expenses, research tools, and supplies. Help us in our mission to study wild plants used as food, medicine, and for trade in this remote mountainous region. Visit our Emory Momentum fundraiser website to learn more and to make a donation. We have only met 2% of our goal, with 40 days remaining on the campaign. Every bit helps! Donations are tax-deductible in the US with giving to Emory, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Undergraduate research highlights

As the 2021-2022 academic year comes to a close, our undergraduate students in the Quave Research Group and Emory University Herbarium presented the culmination of their independent research work at the undergraduate research symposia! I'm so very proud of all of the hard work and diligence they put into each of their projects. Take a look at their posters in the images below and head over to our lab TikTok channel to watch short video highlights on their work.
Andrea Snoddy presented her work on the investigation of a mysterious fern specimen book found in the Emory Herbarium.
Matthew Menkart presented his work on the development of a research training module for the evaluation of the inhibitory action of certain botanicals on drug metabolism.
Isabella Cavagna presented her research updates on the isolation of alkaloid compounds from the medicinal plant, Amsonia taernaemontana.
Ben Kittleson presented his work on optimization of methods used in the extraction of bioactive compounds from medicinal plants.
Cindy Fang presented her work on the isolation of alkaloids from the medicinal plant, Ruta graveolens.
Samuel Keyes presented his work on bacterial persistence and antibiotic resistance in bacterial isolates found in the urine of postmenopausal women with recurrent urinary tract infections.
Nadine Jarrar presented her work on chromatographic methods used in the isolation of bioactive compounds from plants.

New on Foodie Pharmacology

Q’eqchi’ Maya Medicinal Plants with Amanda Thiel

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Did you know that an estimated 80% of the world relies on medicinal plants as their main source of medicine? This week, I speak with Amanda Thiel, who is working towards her PhD in Anthropology at Washington State University. She shares insights from her research on medicinal plants and home gardens of the Q’eqchi’ Maya people of Guatemala. We discuss how certain fruit trees are used as food and medicine, and how community relationships and sharing of plant resources fosters health resilience.

Upcoming Events

I've got an exciting lineup of upcoming talks and conferences this summer! Be sure to check out the EVENTS page to find out more details on how to join me virtually or in person.

Recording from the Bound with History event

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In case you missed it, the recording of the Emory Rose Library event "Bound with History: Spring Gardens" is now available on YouTube. I had such a lovely time speaking with artist, Andie Thrams, about plants, herbaria, and some incredibly beautiful natural settings.

"Chase your passion because that's what I'm doing, and I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to do so."

I had such a lovely discussion with the hosts of the Joint Genome Institute Natural Prodcast podcast. You can access the full recording and transcript on online here.

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