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Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies Annual Research Symposium Planned in Baltimore

Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies Annual Research Symposium Planned in Baltimore
Noted ethnobotanist and author of "The Green Pharmacy," Dr. James Duke, and his backup player, Mike Schenk, will provide folk entertainment with Appalachian plant songs.
The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies will present its Annual Research Symposium on Friday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mount Washington Conference Center in Baltimore. This year’s event, “Appalachian Plants and People: Interdependent Networks at Multiple Scales,” co-sponsored by ACES, which is housed at Frostburg State University, and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, will provide an opportunity to discuss the role of social, economic, ecological and scientific networks in Appalachia.

Other panels are titled “The Use of Modern Genomics Approaches to Medicinal Plants” and “Maryland’s Food System: Where Are We and Where Do We Want to Go?” Invited speakers include Dennis Stevenson of the New York Botanical Gardens, who will discuss “Medicinal Plant Biology in the Age of Genomics”; Sally Goerner, author of “The New Science of Sustainability”; and Jonathan Kays, a specialist with the University of Maryland Natural Resources Extension, who will speak about enhancing agriculture and natural resource entrepreneurship.

The day includes an Appalachian Folk social and poster session. Dr. James Duke, a noted ethnobotanist and author of “The Green Pharmacy,” will perform Appalachian music in celebration of plants.

The meeting is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Electronic registration can be found at, or contact ACES Outreach Coordinator Mimi Hernandez at or 301-687-3136.

ACES is a partnership of FSU, West Virginia University, the University of Maryland and the Tai Sophia Institute. Its mission is to study native plants with medicinal or other useful properties, promote the conservation of these plants and Appalachian ecosystems as a whole, preserve Appalachian culture as it relates to wild plant harvesting and traditional use and work with local businesses to bring economic benefits to the region from managed development of botanical resources. For more information about ACES, go to

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future promotes research and develops and communicates information about the complex interrelationships among diet, food production, environment and human health. The center advances an ecological perspective in reducing threats to the health of the public and promotes policies that protect health, the global environment and the ability to sustain life for future generations. For more information about the center, go to

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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