Ethnobotany: The Inquiry is Not Over


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First Peoples House by Nick Kenrick is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

On land there is an abundance of resources of plants that the First Peoples harvested, cultivated and used for their technologies.  Purple Camas root was one of the most important plants on the coast, especially on the south of the island, and has been named the “’number one’ vegetable.’  The people gathered large roots for eating and left the smaller bulbs for future harvests.  They had to be very careful not to mistake it for the poisonous white camas because the harvest time is after the flower dies at which time the two species look very similar.  40-50 types of berries were harvested which provided nutrients, cleansing for the mouth and helped with digestion.  Just as we prune vegetation, the berry harvest by the aboriginal people encouraged new growth of the plants.  It has also been found that…

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Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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