Sacred Seeds at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Ethnobotanists Rafael Ocampo and Luis POveda

I’m convinced the place is a magnet, attracting us to it. What other explanation can there be? Consider this: about ten years ago, Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, a respected therapist, teacher, and author, visited Finca Luna Nueva. My wife Terry and I met her at breakfast one morning and we asked her why she decided to …

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The role of botanical gardens in climate change research

Authors: Richard B. Primack and Abraham J. Miller-Rushing Source: New Phytologist (2009) 182: 303-313 Description: Botanical gardens have a unique set of resources that allows them to host important climate change research projects not easily undertaken elsewhere. These resources include controlled growing conditions, living collections with broad taxonomic representation, meticulous record-keeping, networks spanning wide geographic …

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Tending the Global Garden

Author: Elizabeth Pennisi Source: Science Vol. 329, 10 September 2010 Description: By sorting out plant names and growing threatened species, botanic gardens try to do their part for plant conservation. Download the PDF.

Guidelines for Using Video to Document Plant Practices

Author: Rebekah J.M. Fuller Source: Ethnobotany Research & Applications 5:219-231 (2007) Abstract: Video has been identified as a valuable tool in the provision of ethnobotanical data. One of the principal uses of video in ethnobotanical research is in documenting plant practices. The main benefit of using video to record this type of ethnobotanical data is …

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Good Botanical Practices

Author: Michael J. Balick, Ph.D. Source: Botanical Medicine: Efficacy, Quality Assurance, and Regulation, 1999. Description: The most sgnificant contribution that a botanist can make to a discussion about furthering the incorporation of botanicals into the U.S. health care system concerns the importance of of documenting the materials that are being studied or used in the …

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