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All meetings are held at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay


Sunday, April 23, 2017 in The Conference Center

12:30 PM Doors open

1:00 PM Tutorial: Art Papayanopulos - "Keeping Chickens in the Backyard"

2:00 PM Dr. Michael J. Balick, Director of NYBG Institute of Economic Botany

Topic: Ancient Wisdom & Modern Medicine: Plants, People, and Cultures in the Tropical Rainforest

Of the 420,000 species of higher plants known to exist on earth, about half are found in the tropical regions of the world. Tropical forests are a rich reservoir of biological diversity, home to a vast range of flora and fauna. Dr. Balick will discuss the study of plants used in the traditional healing by indigenous cultures, the science of ethnomedicine. He will discuss his work with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naprapathic physician and resident of Belize, Central America and their work together to inventory the ancient and modern uses of the plants found in Belize. Dr. Balick is also doing work in the Pacific Islands known as Micronesia, and working with an interdisciplinary team to inventory the vegetation of Pohnpei, Kosrae and Palau Islands. He will introduce his recent book, Rodale's 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Nature's Most Powerful Plants, a work that has been inspired by ancient texts known as "herbals," a genre of books on the therapeutic use of plants published widely during the 15th-18th centuries.

For more than four decades, Dr. Michael Balick has studied the relationship between plants and people in the remote regions of the tropics. He works closely with health care professionals to evaluate and introduce medicinal plants that he and his group have collected, introducing these species into more widespread use. His reasearch has included studies in the Amazon Valley, Central and South America, The Middle East and Southeast Asia. His most recent scientific work focuses on the tropical Pacific Islands in Micronesia and Melanesia. Dr. Balick has authored over 150 scientific papers, and authored or edited 25 scientific and general interest books and monographs. He has been the receipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his accomplishments, including the Distinguished Economic Botanist Award of the Society for Economic Botany.




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Please remember to bring non-perishable food for Long Island Cares.


"Come and visit me sometime. My flowers would like to meet you."


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