Rocky Gap to be Site of Ethnobotanical Studies Symposium

Aug. 31, 2005
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Rocky Gap to be Site of Ethnobotanical Studies Symposium

The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies will conduct a symposium at Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort Oct. 13 and 14 to look at the study of ethnobotany, which integrates bioscience with herbal medicine practices, wildlife habitats, conservation, cottage industries and economic development for Central Appalachia.

The symposium will bring together people from a variety of disciplines and include discussion on topics such as the economic impact of ethnobotany, folklore and alternative medicines, as well as panel discussions on research the Center has already undertaken and on creating a community of growers for medicinal plants.

This symposium would be useful to anyone interested in any aspect of herbal medicine, from growing and harvesting herbs to its practice, teaching and science. It is also an opportunity for the community to learn about the activities of this new Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies and possible future initiatives and economic development opportunities.

The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies is a collaborative program of Frostburg State University, West Virginia University and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. The Center is devoted to the study and conservation of native medicinal plants, as well as the preservation of the Appalachian culture of harvesting plants for herbal medicines. Among the goals of the Center are education, outreach and economic development, both from cultivating the medicinal plants currently found in the Appalachian wilds and from companies that choose to locate in the area to take advantage of this resource.

The symposium is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Economic Development, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation and MDBio, a private, non-profit corporation that offers a variety of programs to advance the commercial development of bioscience in Maryland.

The symposium registration fee is $52, which includes Thursday breakfast and lunch and Friday breakfast. For an additional $25, participants may attend dinner on Thursday evening, with keynote speaker Dr. Ilya Raskin, professor of plant science from Rutgers University. To register, visit the Web site at or contact Linda Steele at (301) 687-4137 or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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