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Design a Database of Italian Vascular Alimurgic Flora (AlimurgITA): Preliminary Results

Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Department of Bioscience and Territory, University of Molise, 86090 Pesche, Italy
Graduate Department of Environmental Biology, University “La Sapienza”, 00100 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Riccardo Motti
Plants 2021, 10(4), 743;
Received: 10 March 2021 / Revised: 5 April 2021 / Accepted: 6 April 2021 / Published: 10 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Botany of Food Plants)
Despite the large number of data published in Italy on WEPs, there is no database providing a complete knowledge framework. Hence the need to design a database of the Italian alimurgic flora: AlimurgITA. Only strictly alimurgic taxa were chosen, excluding casual alien and cultivated ones. The collected data come from an archive of 358 texts (books and scientific articles) from 1918 to date, chosen with appropriate criteria. For each taxon, the part of the plant used, the method of use, the chorotype, the biological form and the regional distribution in Italy were considered. The 1103 taxa of edible flora already entered in the database equal 13.09% of Italian flora. The most widespread family is that of the Asteraceae (20.22%); the most widely used taxa are Cichorium intybus and Borago officinalis. The not homogeneous regional distribution of WEPs (maximum in the south and minimum in the north) has been interpreted. Texts published reached its peak during the 2001–2010 decade. A database for Italian WEPs is important to have a synthesis and to represent the richness and complexity of this knowledge, also in light of its potential for cultural enhancement, as well as its applications for the agri-food system. View Full-Text
Keywords: wild edible plants (WEPs); database; AlimurgITA; ethnobotany; Italy wild edible plants (WEPs); database; AlimurgITA; ethnobotany; Italy
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Paura, B.; Di Marzio, P.; Salerno, G.; Brugiapaglia, E.; Bufano, A. Design a Database of Italian Vascular Alimurgic Flora (AlimurgITA): Preliminary Results. Plants 2021, 10, 743.

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Paura B, Di Marzio P, Salerno G, Brugiapaglia E, Bufano A. Design a Database of Italian Vascular Alimurgic Flora (AlimurgITA): Preliminary Results. Plants. 2021; 10(4):743.

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Paura, Bruno, Piera Di Marzio, Giovanni Salerno, Elisabetta Brugiapaglia, and Annarita Bufano. 2021. "Design a Database of Italian Vascular Alimurgic Flora (AlimurgITA): Preliminary Results" Plants 10, no. 4: 743.

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