diversity, i.e. the mutual influence of biodiversity and cultural
diversity, are the main topic of our research in the Shuiluo
Valley. The objectives of the ethnobotanical research are:
investigate the influence of plant accessibility and traditional
culture on the use of plants by local communities,
examine the ecological impact of repeated harvesting of
wild plants on different habitats or ecological zones.
questions will be addressed:
plant use mainly influenced by the accessibility of certain
plants around the villages or by the traditional culture
of ethnic groups?
any difference be found among different plant categories
in this respect, e.g., are ritual plants stronger influenced
by traditions while preference for wild collected food additives
depends more on the ease of accessibility?
effect has recurring plant collecting on specific taxa?
Is there a difference between plant gathering for local
use and trading purposes?
research is part of a two-year postdoc project at the Kunming
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences and lasts
until spring 2006. It is supported by the Swiss National Science
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