From tea tree oil to morphine, over 28,000 different species of plants, as well as many species of fungi, are used for medicinal purposes.
In episode 1 of our Branch Out podcast, No Plants No Medicine, explore the complex, deadly and life-saving chemicals found in plants with Branch Out host, Vanessa Fuchs and Director of Science and Conservation, Dr Brett Summerell. They’ll take you into the Royal Botanic Garden to visit an incredible tree with a poisonous chemical that could be effective against the viruses causing HIV infection, hepatitis C and dengue fever.
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