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Plants that changed the world: cinchona

To mark World Malaria Day on Tuesday 25 April, our pick this week looks at a plant that has changed the world: cinchona. Used first by the Quechua in South America before being adopted by the Spanish in the 1600s, this Peruvian tree gave us the first effective treatment for malaria – as well as a refreshing drink. 

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