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Preserving Nature’s Pharmacy Medicinal plants of the rainforest

Preserving Nature’s Pharmacy

Medicinal plants of the rainforest

UPDATED ON Jan 18, 2017 PUBLISHED ON September 1, 2015 WRITTEN BY Ellen Niemer
Have you ever stopped to wonder where the drugs we rely on come from? Many of our drugs come from medicinal plants of the tropical rainforest.
Tropical rainforests evoke images of lush green trees, colourful birds, and a diversity of animal, insect, and plant life. As plants evolved over millions of years, they developed chemicals to protect themselves from threats such as insects, bacteria, and fungi. Then humans discovered that these chemicals could protect them too—as natural medicines.....

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