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Kava Science Dr. Vincent Lebot- The Kava Expert

Discussion in 'Kava Lounge' started by infraredz, May 19, 2014.

  1. infraredz

    infraredz BULA!

    I thought I might share some of Lebot's comments to me (in varying discussions, topics, etc) in order to clarify some common questions regarding various topics including safety, the future of kava, kava quality, extractions and tudei from an expert in the field.

    For those who aren't familiar with Dr. Lebot, he is a (if not, the) leading researcher and authored the book "Kava: The Pacific Elixir". He has a PhD and is a botanical geneticist and has authored 15 peer-reviewed articles, seven of which are related to kava. This link will show you all of his articles:
    [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=lebot, vincent]

    He has helped to write a piece of legislation called the "Kava Act of 2002" which remains as the only piece of legislation (other than interdictions) for kava.
    This can be found here: http://faolex.fao.org/docs/html/van38473.htm

    Here are some very important articles that he has contributed to, which everyone here should read:
    http://www.dailypost.vu/content/kava-quality-lost-high-demand-quantity-dr-lebot
    http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/n-469
    http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2014/March/03-20-10.htm
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/247047/pacific-kava-exports-still-under-threat


    Here are his thoughts on various topics, over the past year or so we've been in touch.
    Anything in brackets has been added by me, the rest is straight from him.

    Regarding a recent discussion on tudei kava:

    [This is because under the Kava Act of 2002, tudei kava cannot be called "kava", similar to calling grapes "wine"]

    His comments on safety:
    Regarding the "Colorimetric Solvent test" (to test for tudei)
    ["genotype" is the genetic makeup of an organism]

    Regarding the Terminology of "Noble" and "Tudei"
    His comments on the ever so unique "Solomon's Island" Kava
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
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