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/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.


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).


(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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Ethnobotany of the Okanogan-Colville Indians of British Columbia and Washington Vancouver: British Columbia Provincial Museum, 127.
This highlights the value of ethnobotany and the value of maintaining biodiversity to help us address global problems," he added.
Work packages include ethnobotany, laboratory techniques, intellectual property rights and training in clinical trials.
Those for whom visiting Baja is only a bucket list item could also find the thorough background information concerning ethnobotany and ecology and general natural history a delightful armchair excursion.
The plants selected to be included came from a wealth of over 1,500 species by the Navajo Health Authority, Ethnobotany Project staff, and was approved by the Navajo Medicine Men's Association.
As Clarke (2007:147) states, ethnobotany 'is a topic that will continue to be enriched by the different, but complementary, approaches that specialists bring to it'.
Like the others, however, Weil was very fascinated by mysticism and ethnobotany.
One objective here is to examine the divergent knowledge space of such fields as taxonomy of (exotic) botany (Hollsten) and its twin ethnobotany with its roots in folk knowledge, pharmacology, and public health (Soukand & Kalle), literature and nature writing (Tuur & Reitalu), and settlement history and cartography (Tarkiainen).
Resveratrol, an antifungal agent in grapes, blueberries, cranberries, and other plants, is another subject of biomedical interest, and the field of ethnobotany examines the medicinal, religious, cultural, and other uses of plants by people.
Thus far, the VICCIFN has hosted gatherings in Snaw-naw-As (or Nanoose Bay), Tseshaht (or Port Alberni), Tsakis (Fort Rupert), Tsawout First Nation (Saanich) and we gathered in the Clayoquot area of the Nuu-chah-nulth people for the International Conference of Ethnobotany.
Following this thinking, Peru and Colombia would be less known in palm ethnobotany than the two other countries.
One of the world's leading authorities on the ethnobotany of the yew tree, Hamburg-born Fred Hageneder, who lives near Llandeilo, says about 90% of the oldest trees in Europe are British yews and more than a quarter of these can be found in Wales.