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Plant Heritage says Collections are vital to medical research

The importance of plants to medical research is constantly being underlined by new discoveries that can help influence various diseases and conditions. One recent discovery is that Galanthine (found in two species of snowdrop) can help improve the symptoms of dementia in people with Alzheimer?s and slow the progression of the disease. Both species so far indentified (Galanthus caucasicus and G. voronowii) are held within the Plant Heritage National Collection Scheme. This scheme works to preserve garden plants and is vitally important in making sure that as few varieties as possible are lost. There are over 620 National Plant Collections in Britain, each dedicated to a specific genus, from Abelia to Zingiber. For more information, contact Plant Heritage via

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This story was published on: 01/02/2013

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