FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Scientists who study the economic potential of folk medicines are comparing notes at an international conference in Frostburg.

The annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany began Sunday and continues through Thursday at Frostburg State University.

Organizers say the participants include experts from at least 32 states and 15 countries.

They’ll be visiting a ginseng farm and the Green Ridge State Forest while discussing the traditions of mountain cultures from Nigeria to Japan.

Those attending the meeting will also get a taste of Appalachian folk music and Maryland foods including country ham and crab cakes.

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