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Lovesome Okra: An Ethnobotanical Perspective - Past, Present, and Future - Virtual

with Jordan Collins, Okra enthusiast, Masters student in Applied Biosciences (PSM) at Arizona State Univ

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Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Fee: $18 ($16 Members)


Plants have played a significant role in the evolution of life on Earth and have in many ways served as multifaceted agents in all societies since prehistoric times. Ethnobotany is the study of flora concerning how they are utilized by the many facets of people. This includes culture, foodstuff, and technology. Whether it is a component of food, ceremony, medical, or applied science, plants have been and continue to be a part of human evolution. In this course, we will highlight a specific plant, okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) from a past, present, and future ethnobotanical perspective. Beginning with the past and ending in the future we will dive into the world of okra to discover how this organism has affected: health, nutrition, holistic wellness, technology, and its interaction with other organisms including the environment. There will be special emphasis on the potential okra has to offer as a component in manufacturing and medicine.




Remaining Seats: 89

Note: Preregistration is required | Registration open through 10/26/2021 5:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Jordan Collins graduated from Arizona State University with his degree in Applied Biological Sciences and is currently working on gaining his masters in Sustainable Bioeconomy with an emphasis in Biofuels from the University of Arizona. As a botanist and scientist, Jordan's focus revolves around biotechnology, pharming (genetics), and plant breeding. He has worked with Phoenix dactylifera L. – date palm, Fragaria ananassa – strawberry, and his specialty, Abelmoschus esculentus – Okra. Jordan's research applies biotechnology and economic botany to okra with the goal of producing a multifaceted source material for the consumer base.

Jordan Collins


This class will be offered online via Zoom Webinar. A link and other information for connecting will be sent to registrants the week of the class.

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