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ABC Announces Recipients of James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award
Date:2/21/2013

an Herbal Pharmacopoeia's Botanical Pharmacognosy: Microscopic Characterization of Botanical Medicines (CRC Press) received the reference and technical books category award.

Medicinal Plants and the Legacy of Richard E. Schultes

This book, a collection of essays published by the Missouri Botanical Garden, is based on the proceedings of the 2011 symposium held in honor of the great ethnobotanist and Harvard University Professor Richard E. Schultes , PhD (1915-2001), on the 10th anniversary of his death.

"If anybody could be named as the father of ethnobotany, it would be Richard E. Schultes ," said co-editor Dr. Bussmann. "No researcher has ever done more field research, more to promote the discipline, and has encouraged more students to become ethnobotanists, with almost every senior scientist in the field acknowledging some connection to Schultes."

The book chronicles the influence of Dr. Schultes on former students and colleagues and sheds light on his illustrious career and the lasting effects of the pioneering ethnobotanist. "I am increasingly of the belief that Richard Evans Schultes ' impact has yet to be fully realized in terms of his historical importance," said ABC Board of Trustees President Steven Foster . "Roughly half of the chapter authors of the book were his students. Schultes' careful, conservative, high-quality scholarship quietly affected the social and political history of the last half of the twentieth century."

According to Dr. Bussmann, Dr. Schultes published roughly two dozen books and 500 papers, collected over 30,000 plant samples, and conducted continuous fieldwork in the Amazon for more than 14 years. "[He] created what can only be called the golden age of Economic Botany," he said.

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