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Saving What Remains


MEDICINAL DRUGS DERIVED FROM RAINFOREST PLANTS

Drug

Origin

Use

Quinine

cinchona tree (S. America)

treat malaria

Neostigmine

Calabar bean (Africa?)

used to treat glaucoma and provides a blueprint for synthetic insecticides

Novacaine, cocaine

coca plant (South America)

local anesthetic; cocaine served as a blue print for less toxic, less addictive anesthetics

Turbocuarine

curare liana (America)

Originally used by natives to poison arrow tips.  Muscle relaxant for surgery; to treat muscle disorders like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Cannot be synthesized in the lab.

vincristine, vinblastine

rosy periwinkle (Madagascar)

pediatric leukemia, Hogkin's disease

Cortisone

wild yams (Central America)

active ingredient in birth control pills

 

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Logging
Logging (con't)
Oil
Conservation Priorities
Reserve Size & Valuation
Organization
Intergovernmental Institutions
Communication, Education
Indigenous people
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References (1)
References (3)
References (5)

Sustainable Dev - Agriculture
Eco-tourism
Foods & Genetic Diversity
Medicinal Drugs & Pesticides
Logging (con't)
Cattle
Increasing Productivity
Types of Reserves
Funding
Developing nations
NGOs
International Organizations
Conclusion
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References (2)
References (4)
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