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ethnobotany

/eth·no·bot·a·ny/ (-bot´ah-ne) the systematic study of the interactions between a culture and the plants in its environment, particularly the knowledge about and use of such plants.

ethnobotany

Herbal medicine
The field of alternative healthcare that formally studies the relationship between plants and a population, in particular the medicinal use of plants by an ethnic group. The ethonobotanical approach to drug discovery is more efficient than random searches for plant-derived agents of therapeutic interest; drugs so discovered include aspirin (Filipendula ulmaria), codeine (Papaver somniferum), ipecac (Psychotria ipecacuanha), pilocarpine (Pilocarpus jaborandi), reserpin (Rauvolfia serpentina), theophylline (Camelia sinensis) and vinblastine (Cantharanthus roseus).

eth·no·bot·a·ny

(ethnō-botă-nē )
A study of the role of plants in the life of early humankind.

ethnobotany (ethˈ·nō·bˑ·t·nē),

n study of how societies perceive and categorize plants and use them for food, medicine, and ritual.
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The authors interpreted this difference as reflecting a lack of attention from Australian ethnobotanists and the loss of cultural knowledge (Bonta and Osborne 2007:4):
Lunts sent two collections of reports (Vilbaste TN 2: 324-382), including (among other plant knowledge) the medicinal use of plants, to the schoolteacher and publicist Gustav Vilbaste (1885-1967), the first Estonian ethnobotanist.
She presents a very different perspective from the plant hunters of today, the ethnobotanists.
Indian ethnobotanists have been working to document Patalkot's traditional culture and knowledge, to ensure that it is not lost with the current generation of elders, or appropriated via commercial patents.
An international group of veterinary clinicians, animal scientists, pharmacists, chemists, and ethnobotanists detail the plants used, the conditions for which they are used, the ways the plant material is treated prior to use, general research methods for testing effects and safety, the legal aspects of research, the chemical examination of extracts, and several chapters on uses in different countries around the world.
We argue that the idea of herbal landscapes provides ethnobotanists with a new model for understanding the mechanism of perception of medicinal plants.
But the fascination with zombies far exceeded the pop-culture interest; it was susceptible to research and observation by other ethnobotanists, anthropologists, philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists.
Ethnobotanists study a region, its people and culture, plants, the traditional use of the plants and much more.
Ethnobotanists studying Native American cultures found a strong preference for the bur oak, sometimes called the mossycup oak.
However, this book is also suitable able for health profession students, ethnobotanists or even a lay person--anyone seeking to gain some knowledge of the exciting and enigmatic world of natural medicines.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, when Zerda Bayon (1912) isolated harmaline from the South American jungle decoction ayahuasca and named it "telepathine," anthropologists, ethnobotanists, mycologists and other field researchers have continued to report psychedelic-induced paranormal activities among ritual users of these substances (e.