Medicinal and Edible Uses of Non-Timber Forest Resources

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 December 2024 | Viewed by 52

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Research Center in Biotic Resources, Faculty of Sciences, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Toluca City 50295, Mexico
Interests: secondary metabolites; bioactive compounds; in vitro and in vivo bioactivities; medicinal plants; plant tissue culture; metabolomics of plants; bioprocess; bio-guided fractionation
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Department of Biotechnology, Metropolitan Autonomous University Campus Iztapalapa, Mexico City 09340, Mexico
Interests: antioxidants; secondary metabolites; natural colorants; microencapsulation and nanoencapsulation of bioactive molecules; ultrasound; microwave-assisted extraction
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Faculty of Sciences, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Toluca City 50000, Mexico
Interests: plant ecology; ethnobotany; useful plants; floristics of plant communities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests represent sources of abundant living organisms; they are providers of ecosystem services, especially food services, because people may acquire food and medicines by collecting flora, fauna and funga from forests. Thus, for many populations, they constitute a source of subsistence. Various scientific reports have demonstrated the nutritional and therapeutic properties of several fungi and plants, and the chemistry of these natural products, such as those responsible for such properties, has been documented.

Forests also represent a valuable source of genetic resources that must be used responsibly by present and future generations. Scientific advances have allowed the use of agroecological and biotechnological techniques to conserve, maintain, or propagate natural forest resources. However, the loss of traditional knowledge, climate change, and anthropological activities are threats to the natural wealth of forests and the natural services they provide.

This Special Issue of Forests highlights potential topics related to non-timber forest resources and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Useful flora and funga in indigenous communities;
  • Traditional medicine knowledge;
  • Bromatological analysis of foods;
  • (Ethno)pharmacological studies of medicinal plants and fungi;
  • Technologies used to conserve, maintain, and propagate natural resources;
  • Chemical studies supporting the medicinal and health benefits of plants and fungi;
  • The metabolomics, targeted and untargeted, of medicinal and edible plants and fungi.

Dr. Maria Elena Estrada-Zuñiga
Dr. Angélica Román-Guerrero
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Dr. Carmen Zepeda-Gómez
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • non-timber products
  • medicinal plants
  • edible forest products
  • genetic resources
  • chemical analysis

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