Azara Blog: Medicinal plants are at risk of extinction

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Date published: 2008/01/19

The BBC says:

Hundreds of medicinal plants are at risk of extinction, threatening the discovery of future cures for disease, according to experts.

Over 50% of prescription drugs are derived from chemicals first identified in plants.

But the Botanic Gardens Conservation International said many were at risk from over-collection and deforestation.
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They identified 400 plants that were at risk of extinction.
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Many of the chemicals from the at-risk plants are now created in the lab.

Well, millions of species are at risk of extinction, so it pretty obviously follows from this that hundreds (well, no doubt tens of thousands) of medicinal plants are also at risk of extinction. But at least they have done some work, since they have explicitly identified 400 plants, rather than just making the usual end-of-the-world political point.

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