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ABC's Botanical Excellence Awards

ABC’s Botanical Excellence Awards were founded in 2006. They are presented each year at the American Botanical Celebration, which takes place in conjunction with the Natural Products Expo West/ Nutracon conference. Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the herbal and botanical community during the previous year.


2013 Award Recipients:


James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Kerry Bone and Simon Mills for Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine, 2nd edition

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Gordon M. Cragg, PhD, former chief of the National Cancer Institute's Natural Products Branch; current Special Volunteer at the National Institutes of Health

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Wakunaga

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Sara Katz


2012 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award (Reference and Technical Books Category): Rainer W. Bussmann, PhD, and Bruce E. Ponman for Medicinal Plants and the Legacy of Richard E. Schultes

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award (Consumer and Popular Books Category): Martin A. Lee for Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Prof. De-an Guo, PhD, director of the State Engineering Laboratory for Traditional Chinese Medicine Standardization Technology and director of the Shanghai Research Center for TCM Modernization at the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Horphag Research

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Rosemary Gladstar


2011 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award (Reference and Technical Books Category): The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia for Botanical Pharmacognosy: Microscopic Characterization of Botanical Medicines, edited by senior editor Roy Upton

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award (Consumer and Popular Books Category): Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, and Debora Yost for Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Prof. Djaja Doel Soejarto, PhD, of the University of Illinois – Chicago

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Bioforce AG



2010 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Aviva Romm, MD, for Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Prof. A. Douglas Kinghorn, PhD, the Jack L. Beal Professor and Chain in Natural Products Chemistry and Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: New Chapter, Inc


2009 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award: Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi and Tony Willis for An Oak Spring Herbaria: A Selection of the Rare Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art in the Collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon

Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award: Prof. Rudolf Bauer, PhD, head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and of the Department of Pharmacognosy at the University of Graz in Austria

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Bionorica AG


2008 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: David J. Mabberley, PhD, for Mabberley’s Plant Book: A Portable Dictionary of Plants, Their Classifications, and Uses, 3rd edition

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Ikhlas A. Khan, PhD, professor of pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Indena, SpA, Milan, Italy


2007 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Google Book Search

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Prof. Hildebert Wagner, PhD, of the University of Munich

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals

ABC Lifetime Achievement Award: Chinese botanist Dr. Shiu-ying Hu


2006 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Prof. Eberhard Teuscher of Germany for Medicinal Spices: A Handbook of Culinary Herbs, Spices, Spice Mixtures and Their Essential Oils

Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award: Prof. Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, Laing Chair in Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, United Kingdom



2005 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Simon Mills and Kerry Bone for The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety

Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award: Dr. Joseph M. Betz, Director of the Dietary Supplements Methods and Reference Materials Program at the Office of Dietary Supplements