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Jason Clement, Katherine Mathews win grant for study of medicinal herb black cohosh

The N.C. Biotechnology Center awarded a multidisciplinary research grant in the amount of $248,601 to principal investigator Jason Clement, assistant professor of chemistry, and co-investigator Katherine Mathews, associate professor of biology, to develop a cultivar of black cohosh, a medicinal herb native to the Eastern U. S. that is at risk of being overharvested.

The work is being completed in collaboration with co-investigator Joe-Ann McCoy, director of the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository in Asheville. Studying plants grown under controlled pollination conditions at the BCGR, Clement, Mathews and McCoy will identify populations with superior levels of biologically active compounds and best growth characteristics for Western North Carolina.

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