“Introduction to medicinal plants” surveys a series of plants across the globe used in traditional and modern medicines and/or diets to improve human health. We will focus on aspects related to ethnobotany and chemistry at a basic level for non-experts and discuss the scientific evidence and research underlying some of the plant-derived drugs. We will also learn about the basics of plant metabolism, botany, nomenclature and taxonomy of medicinal plants and various guest lectures on medicinal plant research at the University of Florida. The class will be structured to include lectures, interactive classroom discussions, experiencing live plants we are studying about, propagating of selected medicinal plants and making simple herbal preparations. Our learning experience will conclude with a tour of medicinal plants around UF's main campus and plants used in research in UF/IFAS.
Syllabus for ORH4932
Recent advancement in technologies have revolutionized plant biology research especially in the fields of genome editing, high throughput sequencing, metabolomics etc., The main goals of this three-credit course are 1) To broadly review molecular technologies applied in plant science research emphasizing on recently evolving CRSIPR based gene editing applications and transformation advancements in plants and 2) Prepare graduate students to critically evaluate scientific literature and introduce the students to proposal writing
Syllabus for ORH6932
Instructors: Dr. Brian Pearson, Dr. Swathi Nadakuduti and Dr. Chris McCurdy
Strong interest in cultivation, extraction and use of medicinal crops has recently emerged in the fields of plant science, biochemistry and pharmacology. This three-credit graduate-level course will focus on development of a more thorough understanding of plant production and management as well as secondary plant compound synthesis, extraction, analysis, and use. This course is co-taught by faculty in the UF/IFAS College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the UF College of Pharmacy to prepare students for careers in natural plant product development and commercial cultivation of medicinal crops. Significant emphasis will be placed on the cultivation and use of Cannabis sativa, Mitragyna speciosa, and Piper methysticum.
Syllabus for HOS6932
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