Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Humble plants that hide surprising secrets

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In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l'ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the iconic baobab tree, which could hold the key to the future of food. Plus: monkey apples.

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim · President of Mauritius

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is president of the island of Mauritius. As a biodiversity scientist, she explores the medical and nutritional secrets of her home.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is president of the island of Mauritius. As a biodiversity scientist, she explores the medical and nutritional secrets of her home.