Conducting and communicating ethnobotanical research: a methods manual

In 2015, GDF edited and produced a manual Conducting and Communicating Ethnobotanical Methods. It was first published online in late 2015 by MedPlant.

medplant logoMedPlant is an EU-funded Marie Curie Initial Training supporting a new generation of science researchers in biodiversity driven drug lead discovery. The network will run for four years from October 2013 to 2017, and will enable 13 PhD and 2 postdoctoral researchers to work collaboratively across disciplines to develop new approaches and technologies for selection and sustainable use of biodiversity resources for lead discovery and to develop new plant derived leads.

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The methods manual emerged directly from a 10-day intensive Ethnobotanical field course (watch the video introduction to the MedPlant Summer School 2014 below) organised in the Moroccan High Atlas by GDF and University of Kent in collaboration with MedPlant in September 2014. The manual covers Ethics, Anthropological methods, Botanical methods and Effective science communication, providing numerous examples and case studies to illustrate the methods covered.