Ever since HDDT member Gordon Simpson suggested at a member’s meeting that we should grow daffodils at Greenmyres we’ve been investigating the possibility.
When daffodils are grown under stressful conditions, namely high altitude, they produce higher levels of galantamine. This is currently used as a drug in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
The good news is that we’ve been accepted onto a scientific trial, late this summer, to see whether the high altitude of Greenmyres and the Glens of Foudland winters can prove stressful enough to the daffodils.
Watch this space…….
Thank you Gordon!
(More info on galantamine and daffodils can be found here. http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5721)