Building on a literature review and cross-country project experiences, the new paper proposed an integrated approach to use and conserve wild food plants for nutrition and food security.
Wild food plants are often highly nutritious but under-consumed at the same time. A new paper published in the special issue of the journal Foods looked at trends in the use of wild food plants in West Sumatra. The study documented 106 types of wild food plants (85 species) and identified the barriers as well as motivations for the use of these foods among Minangkabau and Mandailing communities. The drivers of change were discussed and the authors suggested take an integrated approach to their sustainable use, which could improve nutrition while conserving biological and cultural diversity.
The paper published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology ivestigated the traditional use of medicinal plants in Bié, Angola.
Our colleague and friend Lukáš Pawera is a member of TRIBE lab with his research project on Food, agrobiodiversity and diet: the nutritional ethnobiology of the Minang and Mandailing indigenous food systems in West Sumatra.
Zbyněk has been appointed an editorial board member of the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.
Jana Horáčková, a PhD student and member of the TRIBE team, recently started the implementation of the project Conservation of Useful Plants and Traditional Knowledge in the Peruvian Amazon
Eva Križanová, the recent graduate of master’s degree at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences and at the same time the TRIBE team member, represented our team at the 42nd Society of Ethnobiology Annual Meeting
Scientists, orientalists, gastronomy specialists, and students of the Middle Eastern studies, met at the international conference Food Isn't Only on the Plate held in the period from 3rd to 7th April 2019
Zbyněk Polesný, the TRIBE team leader, trained the agricultural field officers in Kilifi (Kenya) on sesame and cashew cultivation within the project Enhancement of livelihoods in the Kenyan Coastal Region by supporting Organic and Fair Trade certification of smallholders
Lukas Pawera, a PhD student and member of the TRIBE team has successfully finished a research project in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Zbyněk Polesný and Lukáš Pawera, the members of our team became an editorial board members of the journal Ethnobotany Research and Applications.
Zbyněk Polesný, the TRIBE team leader, taught the course on Ethnobotany and New Crop Development, held at the Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Hawassa University from 5th to 9th November, 2018.