About Medicinal Plant Names Services
In November 2011, after many years of planning, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew began a new initiative to design and build a suite of Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS). These services will be targeted not at botanists, but at professionals that study, regulate, trade in, or otherwise need to access information about medicinal plants or to communicate about them.
There are four primary objectives:
- Build a global plant name resource for medicinal plants.
- Design and implement services aimed at a broad range of users from health workers to pharmaceutical researchers, herbalists and legislators.
- Create a stakeholder group of interested organizations and individuals to help prioritise and design these services.
- Achieve sustainability of these services beyond the end of the current funding.
Over a 45 month period, we are sequentially designing, building, testing and publicising each MPNS service. More straightforward services of wider research use will be implemented early, followed by more sophisticated ‘Business to Business’ services.
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