Mizzou to Host International Elderberry Symposium
COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of Missouri is hosting more than 100 botanists, farmers and food scientists from around the world who share a common interest in the elderberry plant.
The first International Symposium on Elderberry takes place next week in Columbia. Participants will meet during the elderberry's peak flowering season in Missouri.
Scientists at the university's Center for Botanical Interaction Studies are exploring the potential of the antioxidant-rich fruit to combat prostate cancer, stroke and infectious diseases.
Missouri is one of five universities awarded a total of $37.5 million by the National Institutes of Health to explore the possible medical benefits of elderberries, wild yams and other herbal and dietary supplements. Folk healers have long used elderberries to concoct herbal remedies.