Plants and People Lunchtime Lectures: The Ethnobotany of a Medicinal Moss

Lecture | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

In February join, Eric Harris to learn all about mosses and their use in human life. Mosses and other bryophytes are smaller and less conspicuous than vascular plants. This in no way detracts from the beauty of bryophytes, but the fact that they lie on the cusp of what is visible does mean they are often ignored by humans. Despite the fact that uses of mosses and other bryophytes are not as frequent as ‘big’ plants, there are several interesting reports about bryophytes with ethnobotanical applications. This talk will provide an overview of traditional classification and ethnobotanical uses of bryophytes from different parts of the world, and explore an example of a moss that is used medicinally in Southwest China.

About the speaker:
Eric has conducted research and published papers on ethnobotany, natural products chemistry, and phylogenetics of mosses and Chinese Herbal Medicines. He currently works as the Senior Director of Science and Sustainability at SureHarvest, a company providing professional and technology solutions in sustainable agriculture. Previously, Eric carried out research at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School. Eric received a PhD in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and holds a BSc in Botany and Anthropology from the University of Toronto.

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