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Great Botanic Basic Subject

por Hey! Martha Edward Clark (2021-11-10)

An Introduction to Subject in Ethnobotanical Management

  The study of indigenous plants is an extremely important subject in ethnobotany; because they preserve important biocultural diversity, and are essentially the physical expression of indigenous botanic knowledge. This paper will concentrate on four botanical subjects in ethnobotanical study; ivy, crabgrass, poppy and willow. I will begin by introducing the four botanical subjects in question. Then I will describe their preservation properties. Finally I will examine a potential connection between botanic species and human diseases.


 Is a very important subject in ethnobotany; it is a widely distributed deciduous vine that can be found in every region of Australia. It has a widespread distribution across the country and southern United States of America. It is a delicate plant, rarely grows in harsh environmental conditions; however its leaves have the ability to decay to provide the substance called rhizome which accumulates sugars from bacteria which feed on it, releasing the sugars into the soil to aid its decay. The most important economic benefit to local botanic knowledge is its ability to preserve significant biocural diversity.


A useful botanist is required to know where to find the rhizomes, so as to know how to protect them against pests such as silverfishes. In order to encourage a sustainable tourism industry, it is important to protect the fragile nature of Australia's threatened flora and fauna. One approach to this is by encouraging local botanic knowledge to be passed down from generation to generation, so as to preserve significant bio ecological diversity. An example of this is the 'Skyline Reserve', established as a part of the Australian National Parks, and covering more than 5000 square kilometers.


  The Skyline Reserve has been created to replicate the terrestrial environment as closely as possible, including lakes, ponds, rivers and the ranges. It also includes numerous terrains with different plant and animal life, including tropical rainforest, sand dunes, open grassland, lowland grassland, oasis areas and birdwatcher's areas. This unique environment has enabled a substantial reduction in the tourism pressure on the area. Not only does it give a valuable scientific knowledge base, but also encourages a respect for, and an appreciation of, the unique biological diversity represented by the Skyline Reserve.


The primary focus of the Skyline Reserve is to replicate as accurately as possible the terrestrial environment as seen from above, using the photographic methods of photography known as granada photography system ii, in conjunction with the scanning of photographic plates (six micro-plates) which are recovered from the drainage channels of the reserve. A high resolution digital image of the Granada Cityscape was used as a control for the photo system, and was subject to random bleaching. The result was that the control image became saturated with blue, whereas the final photograph had regained a true color representation of the original subject. Whilst the image had been subject to the random bleaching process, the final photograph showed an accurate representation of the subject in the correct area, and the accuracy was therefore quite remarkable.


The subject in ethnobotanical management is very difficult to deal with. Because of the high level of detail involved, subject and locality selection is extremely important. For example, the plant and animals represented must have originated in that specific area, or be closely related. Some of the species represented might not be native to that particular area, or even be too closely related to other plants and animals already present. Some forms of plants, such as Java fern, can grow up to 2m high, so that if the location is highly fragmented, such plants would be severely underrepresented.


  The photographic methods used to represent the subject in this case involved using three different scales of measurement. Firstly there was the scale of individual plants, and secondly there was the scale of the vegetation in general, and finally there was the scale of the soil to which the plants were adapted. All three scales were vital in representing the subject in a complete and correct manner, and the field workers should have coped with all of these methods during their study. It is amazing how much information can be derived from just a single field visit, especially when the subject in question is as large as the rainforests of Central America.

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  Ethnobotanical management is an incredibly rewarding profession for those who are committed to fulfilling their role, not only ethically, but also scientifically. It takes massive amounts of hard work and dedication to be successful, but also a very keen sense of aesthetics. Due to the nature of the subject, it also requires the commitment to work long and hard, but is also well worth the efforts. Plants can offer humanity so many things, from food, clothing, medicines and even healing.