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Harvesting sage plants

Harvesting sage plants

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DILSTON PHYSIC GARDEN / COLIN CUTHBERT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DILSTON PHYSIC GARDEN / COLIN CUTHBERT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Harvesting sage plants. Medical researcher holding up a mature sage plant, showing its root system. The plant has been grown hydroponically in a laboratory using the nutrient film technique (NFT). This uses a pump to pass a nutrient solution over the plant's roots, an efficient and cheap way of growing plants without soil. Following a medical trial in 2003, oils from sage leaves are being investigated as a means of slowing the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Sage species being investigated include Salvia lavandulaefolia and Salvia officinalis. This research is being carried out at laboratories at the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria, UK, as part of work by the Medicinal Plant Research Centre.

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