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James Duke PhD

Dr. James Duke formerly with the US Department of Agriculture is a renowned senior botanist and who is currently involved with The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the American Botanical Council. He has written more than a dozen texts, including the “Handbook of Medicinal Herbs”, “The CRC Handbook of Alternative Cash Crops for the Tropics”, “Amazonian Ethno botanical Dictionary” and “The Green Pharmacy”, and the more recent “Amazonian Ethno botanical Dictionary”. He has constructed powerful databases on the ecology, photochemistry and utility of thousands of economic plants. Advocating conservation in the Amazon as well as respect for efficacy of herbs over molecular drugs, Dr. Duke has been an all-important figure in the advancement of alternative therapies based on botanicals.