28 Jun '11, 10pm

A career driven by a passion for botany

A career driven by a passion for botany

SINGAPORE: She was chased by a wild boar and bitten by snakes but that has not stopped Dr Yasmeen Mohamed's passion for botany research in forests deep in places such as Indonesia and Africa. It is a highly unusual career path for a Singaporean. And the 52-year-old, who graduated with a Masters in Plant Ecology and a doctorate from the University of Tasmania, is largely unknown here. But she thinks it is time that people here are more aware of natural food and the possibilities of its healing remedies. This interest in finding natural solutions led her to spend a total of 12 years in and out of the wild, with each stint in the forests spanning at least three months, she told MediaCorp in an interview on Tuesday. It was her grandmother who first inspired her. When she was a child, her grandmother, a natural medicine healer in Johor, had cured her of the anaemia that made he...

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