Ethnobotany and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity

Edited by Thomas Carlson and Luisa Maffi.

The field of ethnobotany (and more generally ethnobiology) traces its roots to two distinct research traditions: a long standing interest in how human societies around the world make use of plants (and animals) in their local environments; and a more recent (mid-1950’s onward) interest in how humans perceive, classify, and name the natural world.

ETHNOBOTANY AND CONSERVATION OF BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY (New York Botanical Garden Press; 2004) is based in part on a symposium by the same title held at the Sixteenth International Botanical Congress in Saint Louis, Missouri, August 1-7, 1999. The volume showcases recent ethnobotanical research conducted by members of a new generation of ethnobiologists, including case studies from the tropical environments of the Amazon Basin, Africa, and Asia. Part 1 focuses on the contributions of traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable use of traditional plant resources. Part 3 deals with ethical issues in ethnobiology.

Edited by Thomas J.S. Carlson, Luisa Maffi
Charles M. Peters, Advances in Economic Botany Series Editor
16 line drawings
5 maps
10 photographs
31 tables
Advances in Economic Botany Vol. 15
Order No. AEB 15
2004; 0-89327-453-4; Paperback; 352 pages; $29.95

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