02 Mar '17, 1pm

Seeds of Commerce: Saving Native Plants in the Heart of Appalachia

Seeds of Commerce: Saving Native Plants in the Heart of Appalachia

McCoy wants to change that equation, and she is slowly making progress. She has worked to breed a black cohosh cultivar that is hardy, disease resistant, and will grow in full sun. She has also done research to determine which of the seeds in her collection will produce plants with the highest percentage of triterpene glycosides — the active ingredient for combating menopausal hot flashes. In the past year, she has also met with four potential investors, started a business plan, and is in the process of sending surveys to natural products companies in the southeastern U.S. to gauge their interest in growing and manufacturing black cohosh supplements locally. Outside forces are also helping in her goal to commercialize the black cohosh. Right now, most companies buy the plant from wild harvesters. Warming temperatures, however, are making it harder for black cohosh to survi...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/features/commerce-saving-native-plan...

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