Two new awards were bestowed by the American Botanical Council at the American Botanical Celebration banquet held in conjunction with Nutracon and Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., in March. The first award, the James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award, honors the outstanding contribution by a book to the knowledge and understanding of medicinal and aromatic plants. The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (C.V. Mosby, 2004) by Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, won this year's award. This book is a reference for health professionals, those in the herb and dietary supplements industry and consumers. Bone and Mills previously co-authored another book, the best-selling Principals and Practice of Phytotherapy (Churchill Livingstone, 1999).
The Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award for the contribution to, or advancement of, knowledge of medicinal plants or other natural products went to Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., director of dietary supplements methods and reference materials program at the Office of Dietary Supplements. Betz has been at the helm of the U.S. government's attempts to create the framework for accurate and consistent studies of botanical materials. Betz, a pharmacognosist, has been a volunteer general referee for plant toxins and the general referee for dietary supplements at the Association of Official Analytical Chemists.
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