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The two faces of a plant: Friend or foe?: Friday 19 May 2023

The two faces of a plant: Friend or foe



Tutor: Alison Foster
Date: Friday 19th May 2023
Time: 10:00-13:00
Cost: £35
Location: Classroom

Plants are amazing chemical factories. They synthesise myriad specialised metabolites, many of which have evolved to help defend the plant against attack by myriad predators from which the plant is unable to run away. Over thousands of years humans have gained experience and knowledge of how to use plants both to our collective benefit but also to harm others. Many of these specialised metabolites (chemicals) in plants that we consider to be toxic and dangerous are actually also used to great benefit medicinally.
This course will introduce you to the world of these specialised plant metabolites and unearth examples where the same plants have been used in nefarious crimes as well as to provide potentially life-saving medicines.


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