Posted on October 28, 2018

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation, is co-organizing the first ‘International Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants: Recent Developments in Scientific Research and Industry’. The ICFMP 2018 will be held in Muscat, Oman, from October 30-November 1, 2018.

The ICFMP 2018 is a joint effort between Sultan Qaboos University, University of Nizwa, The Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center, and QBG, and aims to strengthen the historical connection between the two countries. Scientists and developers from around the globe have been invited to participate in the event. The conference will promote an exchange of information about medicinal plants and frankincense, and their uses across several nations and cultures, as well as helping attendees – including producers and consumers – to network.  

QBG – also a sponsor of the conference – will send representatives to speak at the event, as well as to present at an exhibition. Mrs. Fatima Saleh Al-Khulaifi, Project Manager, QBG, said: “Our participation in the first ‘International Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants’ is in line with Qatar’s National Development Strategy 2018-2022, which encourages international cooperation and global partnerships in order to strengthen Qatar's position regionally and internationally.”  

QBG collects plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an – as well as those in the Hadith and Sunnah – including wild and medicinal plants from various geographic regions, which represent nearly 50 per cent of QBG’s collection. Through this vast collection, QBG conducts innovative scientific research, and works towards discovering new products and medicines. Additionally, the center is also concerned with the documentation and control of traditional knowledge in light of modern science, while further promoting awareness and preservation of the environment.

For more information about the ICFMP 2018 conference, please visit https://conferences.squ.edu.om/icfmp2018/

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