As is generally known, medicinal plants were the most important source of treatment in the past. In the last century, with the development of synthetic drugs, they have lost their importance to a certain extent in the pharmaceutical industry. As a current trend in the last 20-30 years, treatment with herbs has developed rapidly and has gained great momentum both in our country and in other countries.
Our country has a rich flora (variety of plants grown in a specific region or country) and contains many medicinal and aromatic plants. Plants provide the nutrients and oxygen needed to sustain human life and they maintain health. The use of plants in treatment of illnesses started with human history. Thousands of years ago, people recognized the therapeutic power of plants and took advantage of it to live healthy. In Anatolia, where folk medicine applications are very common, folk medicines are applications transferred to date after long experiences. Many drugs used in modern medicine are also obtained from plants.
The plant diversity present in Turkey arises from the fact that it is located at the intersection of three phytogeographic regions, it is a bridge between the flora of South Europe and Southwest Asia, and that is the center of origin and differentiation of many genera and sections. However, this richness of plant diversity is not sufficiently utilized.
The fifth Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Symposium held every two years will be organized between 17-20 September 2021 by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Department of Field Crops in Rize.
As the Organizing Committee of the 5th International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, the congress aims to bring together scientists, public and private sector representatives from different countries and universities to exchange information and to create more effective solutions by combining their forces.
Many national and international researchers working in the fields of agriculture and agro-industries and their interaction with the environment are expected to attend this important meeting. We would like to express our honor and pleasure to see you, our esteemed scientists, researchers, representatives of the private sector and all participants who have devoted themselves to this subject and welcome them to Rize.
We are confident that the research findings in the field of Medicine and Aromatic Plants will contribute to the scientific community, contribute to national economy and development and will open new horizons.
Prof. Dr. Fatih SEYİS
Chair of Conference
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