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QBG co-hosts conference on medicinal plants.

An exhibition was held on the sidelines of the event.

More than 800 researchers and industry experts from around the world attended the first 'International Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants: Recent Developments in Scientific Research and Industry (ICFMP)', co-organised by the Qur'anic Botanic Garden (QBG) -- a member of Qatar Foundation -- in Oman recently. The conference, attended by Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Hinai, state adviser, Oman, was a joint effort between Sultan Qaboos University, University of Nizwa, the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Centre and QBG. Fatima Saleh al-Khulaifi, project manager, QBG said, "We are delighted to have been a part of the first 'International Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants.' Countries need to achieve optimal usage of their natural resources, including natural medicinal flora, which is an important challenge facing not only the region, but also the world. Organising this conference is a huge step towards addressing this." During the conference, more than 55 scientific papers discussing the chemical compositions, scientific studies, and industrial opportunities of using medicinal plants were presented. In addition, 15 national and international authorities showcased their efforts to preserve and make use of frankincense and medicinal plants. An addition to the conference, there was an exhibition held on the sidelines of the event, which brought in more than 1,000 visitors -- including school children from Oman -- as well as organised visits to the Oman Botanic Garden and the University of Nizwa. The aim of ICFMP 2018 was to identify uses for medicinal plants in a number of industries, including economic, medical, food, and heritage documentation. It also served as a platform for producers and consumers to network, while strengthening the historical connections between Qatar and Oman.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Nov 18, 2018
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