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close this bookMedicinal plants: Rescuing a global heritage (WB, 1997, 80 p.)
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The international research base

By 1991, 27 WHO collaborating centers for traditional medicine had been established worldwide to strengthen national efforts in research and development. The network also serves to collect and disseminate information on both useful and harmful traditional practices. In the early 1980s, FAO compiled an initial list of 22 medicinal plants, used as raw materials for drug production. This work has continued and is coordinated by the FAO collaborating center, the Research Institute for Medicinal Plants, Budakalasz, Hungary. The FAO Non-Wood News Bulletin, first published in 1995, provides a wealth of information on medicinal plants (although, given the state of knowledge, much of the information is neither consolidated nor validated).