Dorcas Lekganyane is a University of Johannesburg (UJ) graduate who has obtained a Masters for her research on traditional medicine, her study is titled The mystery behind muthi: A survey of bulbous and perennial herbs traded at the Faraday Medicinal Market in Johannesburg using DNA barcoding as an identification tool”.
She joined Joanne Joseph in studio to share more on her research.
It is a really big market, you will find tons upon tons of plant material. So when I say over 3,000 species it doesn't quantify the amount of species.— Dorcas Lekganyane, UJ masters graduate
Now comes the question of is this a sustainable trade, is it a sustainable thing to counteract biodiversity and the crisis of the environment. So it is looking at conservation and the uses of traditional medicine and why there is a vast need for these plants to be sold.— Dorcas Lekganyane, UJ masters graduate
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