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Economic Botany Today

Economic Botany Today

Date posted: 24 September 2014

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia presents, Economic Botany Today: A study of practical ecological biochemistry for humans, presented by Professor David Mabberley.

Our daily lives are full of close encounters with the plant kingdom, including food, textiles, medicines, drugs, dyes, pesticides and perfumes. In this two-day course you will learn about the fascinating human side of plant-animal interactions. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn from one of the world’s greatest living botanists, David Mabberley.

This course is not only for botanists and ethnobotanists, but all those interested in the biological basis of human society. It will teach a far deeper understanding of plants, how they have shaped our past and how they can impact our future.

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Course details

Economic Botany Today: A study of practical, ecological biochemistry for humans
Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 October 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Botanic Garden


$695 Early Bird Rate (if paid by 31 August)
$795 standard rate

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Professor Mabberley will present six lecture-demonstrations, supplemented by economic plant material from the rich collections of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, the State Herbarium and commercial products. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn from a botanical master in a small, intimate group setting. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Monday 27 October 2014
8:30am Registration and introduction, tea and coffee (provided)
9:15am Plant-animal interactions
10:45am Morning tea (provided)
11:00am The First Roots
1:15pm Lunch (provided)
2:00pm A Balanced Diet - starch, mainly grasses
3:15pm Afternoon tea (provided)
3:30pm Tour of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany with Curator Tony Kanellos
5:00pm Day One concludes

Tuesday 28 October 2014
8:30am Registration, tea and coffee (provided)
9:00am A Balanced Diet - protein, mainly Legumes
10:45am Morning tea (provided)
11:00am Temperate Fruits
1:15pm Lunch (provided)
2:00pm Tropical Fruits
3:15pm Afternoon tea (provided)
3:30pm Tour of germane parts of Adelaide Botanic Garden Living Collections with Director Stephen Forbes
5:00pm Course concludes with a botanical cocktail party


Professor David Mabberley, formerly Director of the Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney.

With degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge and 20 years as a Tutorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, David Mabberley has had a distinguished botanical career in academia and is recognised as an eminent botanist, historian and authority on botanical art.

Currently, he is an Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College, University of Oxford, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

David Mabberley is a prolific author with almost 300 publications including 17 books. Mabberley’s Plant-Book gives an overview of the world’s flora and is currently in its third edition.

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