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The evolution of traditional knowledge: environment shapes medicinal plant use in Nepal

Saslis-Lagoudakis, C. Haris; Hawkins, Julie A.; Greenhill, Simon; Pendry, Colin A.; Watson, Mark F.; Tuladhar-Douglas, Will; Baral, Sushim R.; Savolainen, Vincent

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Traditional knowledge is influenced by ancestry, inter-cultural diffusion and interaction with the natural environment. It is problematic to assess the contributions of these influences independently because closely related ethnic groups may also be geographically close, exposed to similar environments and able to exchange knowledge readily. Medicinal plant use is one of the most important components of traditional knowledge, since plants provide healthcare for up to 80% of the world's...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/34191
Source: Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2768

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