This week, I’m speaking with Dr Sandy Primrose about his brilliant book Modern Plant Hunters, which tells the stories of plant hunting in more recent times; who’s doing it, why and what are they looking for. Find out about the challenges plant hunters past and present have faced, whether you can do it in somewhere like the UK and the kind of qualities and personal traits you might need if you want to start – spoiler, it’s not for the faint-hearted!
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What we cover
Why do people go on plant hunting expeditions in this day and age?
Some of the difficulties they face
The prominent plant hunters today
The CITES treaty and the Nagoya protocol
The extent to which politics, funding issues, international relations etc have interfered with the work of plant hunters
Plant hunting in the UK
Advice for anyone interested in plant hunting
About Dr Sandy Primrose
Dr Sandy Primrose MBE PhD has spent his professional life as a biologist in academia and industry, as well as working with various government agencies on food fraud and related topics. He is a keen gardener and passionate teacher and lectures extensively on plant-related topics. – https://olympiapublishers.com/authors/sandy-primrose/
Modern Plant Hunters by Dr Sandy Primrose – Pimpernel Press Ltd.