Joann McCoy, NC Arboretum Germplasm Project

Joann McCoy, Director of the NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository, joins co-hosts JoannMcCoy Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith to discuss the ongoing project of saving the genetic material and seeds from a range of plant species native to the Southern Appalachian region.

The Germplasm Repository locates and identifies native botanicals such as black cohosh and other medicinal herbs, ginseng and more, cataloging, saving samples, recording locations of populations and in depth analysis of active components.

Collaborating with global seed banks to protect genetic material from climate change, cooperating with Cherokee tribal leaders to preserve their traditional species, the economic benefits of protecting native species and much more. Original Air Date 12-28-14

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Joann McCoy First Half

Joann McCoy Second Half

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Marc Williams, Ethnobotany: the interrelationships between plants and people

marc-williams_ethnobotanyMarc Williams, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of Plant and healers International, visits for a discussion of ethnobotany, the study of the interrelationships of plants and people. A world traveler in his pursuit of botantical knowledge, he brings insights and information on a wide range of aspects, including fermentation and probiotics, and mushrooms, to the human biology of bacteria and fungus! Original Air Date 12-21-14

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Ethnobotany 1st half 12-21-14
Ethnobotany 2nd half 12-21-14