Special Issue "Insights into Ethnobotanical Research: Linking Tradition, Innovation, and Sustainability "
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: ethnobotany; agroecology; plant resources conservation; sustainability; innovation and rural development
This Special Issue will promote multidisciplinary approaches to applied plant science, focusing plants, environment, sustainable uses, and people (e.g., human interaction with plants, history, heritage, culture, sovereignty, and well-being), as well as linking traditional/local plant-use to innovation and sustainable development.
- Agroecology, low-input farming systems, genetic diversity, sustainable harvesting and production, food security and sovereignty, sustainable development.
- Biobased materials towards sustainability
- Ethnobotany, documented species, and uses, botanical identification, reference collections, plant categorization
- Ethnopharmacology, pharmacological, and toxicological activities of species used for health purposes.
- Plant science, plant diversity and conservation strategies for sustainable management and multicultural societies.
- Plant biology and biochemistry, ecophysiology
- Systematics, taxonomy, and classification, biogeography of plant
We invite scientists and researchers to provide new insights into ethnobotanical research focusing on socio-cultural and multiple evidence bases for plant resource management and conservation, agricultural innovation, natural products research, and sustainable development.
Prof. Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK)
- Wild foods
- Medicinal plants
- Plant use dynamics
- Natural products
- Tradition vs. innovation
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Traditional uses of medicinal plants by ethnic people in the Kavrepalanchowk District, Central Nepal.
Authors: G. Ambu, Ram P. Chaudary, M. Mariotti, L. Cornara
Affiliation: Università degli Studi di Genova, Genoa, Italy
Abstract: In Nepal, traditional knowledge about the use of medicinal plants has been transmitted orally through the families and the practices of traditional healers. In rural areas of the Nepal it is difficult to access to Government health care facilities and people highly depend on medicinal plants and local healers for health problems. Nevertheless, the traditional ethnobotany knowledge of Kavrepalanchowk District has not yet been fully explored. In the present study a total of 32 informants were interviewed, 24 of them being key informants (shamans, local healers, farmers and plant traders). Recorded ethnobotanical uses concerned 116 taxa, of which 101 (with 271 citations) were medicinal plants including 37 herbs, 26 trees, 25 shrubs and other (climbers, parasitic, ferns). The most representative species belonged to Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Lamiaceae and Zingiberaceae, mainly used to treat fever, digestive system, skeletal and muscular system and skin diseases. Ethnobotanical indexes were used to evaluate the ethnopharmacological importance of each plant species and the degree of agreement among the informants’ knowledge. Informant consensus factor (Fic) showed that the fever category had the greatest agreement, followed by gastrointestinal and dermatological categories. Highest fidelity level (FL) values were found for Calotropis gigantea in the treatment of dermatological diseases, Drymaria cordata to treat fever, Mangifera indica and Wrightia arborea for gastrointestinal disorders. Data collected document the richness of the local flora and the traditional knowledge on medicinal plant use by ethnic communities in the rural areas of Nepal. In this perspective, the active involvement of local populations in the conservation and management of precious medicinal plants will encourage future projects for the sustainable development of the biological and cultural diversity of these rural areas of Nepal.