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Botany is the study of plants. Botanists study all aspects of plants, including their environment and how they grow. It is closely associated with agriculture, horticulture, and pharmacology. Botany is one of the oldest of sciences. From early human history, people have gathered plants for medicine or food. Folklore in the earliest of human societies was passed on for generations. Medicine men or women practiced the development of remedies for diseases and injuries, as well as intoxicants. With the development of farming about 12,000 years ago, horticultural plant knowledge also began to move toward a body of knowledge. Ancient civilizations of the Egyptians, Indians, and Babylonians coined names for the plants they knew. The Greeks added descriptions to plant names. Aristotle, his student Theophrastus (An ...

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