PHARMACOGNOSTICAL RESEARCH ON MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS IN THE NETHERLANDS

J.J.C. Scheffer
In the beginning of this century, the plant kingdom played an indispensable role as source of medicines. Because of the developments in Europe, which could give rise to a shortage of medicines, the Dutch Society for Medicinal Plant Gardens was established in 1914. Important aims were to investigate whether the existing cultivation of medicinal plants could be extended and whether new cultivations could be started. Further aims were to gather more knowledge of these plants and to preserve the knowledge already available.

In 1960, this Society organized a scientific meeting which became the first of a series of annual congresses. During these meetings both reviews concerning pharmaceutically interesting plants and experimental studies carried out by the Dutch divisions of Pharmacognosy are presented. In view of the change of activities, the name of the Society was altered to Dutch Society for Medicinal Plant Research.

In the early eighties, a decision of the Minister of Education strongly influenced the education and research activities at the Dutch universities with a faculty of Pharmacy. An outline is given of the research carried out since 1984 by the divisions of Pharmacognosy of the universities of Groningen and Utrecht, and of the Center for Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences of the university of Leiden.

Scheffer, J.J.C. (1993). PHARMACOGNOSTICAL RESEARCH ON MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS IN THE NETHERLANDS. Acta Hortic. 332, 153-160
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.332.20
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.332.20
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