Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Apr 17, 2013 -
It's been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases....
..plants remain the most promising source of future pharmaceuticals, studies of animal medication may lead the way in discovering new drugs to relieve human suffering..
"Perhaps the biggest surprise for us was that animals like fruit flies and butterflies can choose food for their offspring that minimizes the impacts of disease in the next generation," Hunter said. "There are strong parallels with the emerging field of epigenetics in humans, where we now understand that dietary choices made by parents influence the long-term health of their children."...
...study of animal medication will have direct relevance for human food production. Disease problems in agricultural organisms can worsen when humans interfere with the ability of animals to medicate...
Digital Journal, February 09, 2014
▶ ANIMAL MAGIC, CHIMPS CAN SELF-MED http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/animal-magic-chimps-can-self-med/article/369660
Mongabay, December 11, 2013
▶ BONOBOS: THE CONGO BASIN'S GREATEST GARDENERS http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1210-pham-bonobos-in-congo-seed-dispursal.html
▶ HUNTING SEED DISPERSING ANIMALS PUSHING CENTRAL AFRICAN FORESTS TOWARD ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/72ozK5
▶ HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, HEALTHY PLANET: HOW BIODIVERSITY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE http://sco.lt/7Uk10D
A DISASTER: LOSS OF TWO THIRDS OF TOP PREDATORS CAUSING GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM TO COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/7XHisr
▶ MORE THAN HUMAN: STRIKING, GLAMOROUS PORTRAIT OF ANIMALS http://sco.lt/9Cx3BZ
THE ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR
▶ ANIMAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE ANIMAL-HUMAN RELATIONSHIP http://sco.lt/7uEZOL
▶ PRIMATOLOGIST WARNS OF POSSIBLE GREAT APE EXTINCTION http://sco.lt/7zDhMf
▶ WHAT'S WRONG WITH TREE PLANTATION'S http://sco.lt/8bQgdN
▶ THE PLANT 'BRAIN' COMMUNICATION AMONG PLANTS, TREES AND WITH OTHER SPECIES http://sco.lt/6y22BF