Vervain Publishing

Published on 28th October: Revised edition of Molecules, Medicines and Mischief…new format, new title, new price…

Molecules, Medicines and Mischief – A Chemical Trail around Cambridge University Botanic Garden

by Gwenda Kyd (text) and Mo Sibbons (photos)

Plants contain a wide range of chemical compounds which can heal or harm us, give us pleasure or cause us pain and help or hinder us in our lives.  On the Chemical Trail, we get a flavour of these, looking at some of the traditional and current uses of the 26 plants and some plant-derived molecules.  We’ll meet the plants which link Howard Hughes and hay fever, Marilyn Monroe and pizza and Leonardo da Vinci and hair dye.   Recent scientific studies of the plants identify even more potential uses which will maintain or even enhance the role of plants in our lives. But not every plant has been harnessed for good…we’ll also meet some plants with criminal connections!

120 pages; Soft cover; Spiral Bound; ISBN 978-0-9928998-2-0; £10.99 

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