The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life (biodiversity) on earth.This ties very well with our objectives.
This website is about plants and people. We are interested in Biological Diversity, broadly speaking we are interested in understanding and recording how plants, human and animal interact with their biological environment. The last few years have seen significant interest in how people utilise plants. Plant utilisation is only part of the large body of environmental knowledge held by a community in any given habitat. This unique knowledge and experience has been termed local knowledge system.
Local or indigenous knowledge is basically the sum total of the knowledge on culture, nature and the physical world held by a particular people living in a particular location.
This relationship between nature and culture is complex. And so is the relationship between plants themselves. It is interesting to note that even plants struggle with one another in their quest to survive. They are always trying to out-do each other or dodging predators such as humans. Some preserve themselves through ; camouflage, mimicry, some have deceiving features such as folding leaves when touched. Other plants have recalcitrant seeds, seeds which can not be destroyed easily.
Generally, in the past plants have been studied in isolation of the broader ecological context. However, it is acknowledged that plants are part and parcel of the wider biodiversity complex-whole. This is because of the intricate and closely knit relationship between plants, animals and other aspects of the natural world. In general biodiversity is a complex web of relationships that can only be appreciated if looked at in a broader sense. For instance, some plants depend on birds and insects for their reproduction while the insects depend on them for food. Cross – pollination would not be reality were it not for the tireless role that bees play as they move from one plant to the next looking for nectar.
In these pages, our main interest is the interaction between plants and people. Indeed there are many factors that make plants an import resource to local communities, farmers, policy makers,the pharmaceutical industry, the industrialists, biodiversity conservationists,local cultural groups and among other interested parties such as home makers in search of personal interests such ornamentals.
We have gathered current and informative articles and news on; biodiversity,ethnobiological research, education, policy,traditional medicine, cosmetics, essential oils and special interest yet topical issues about plant utilisation and conservation.
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We encourage you to use this web site as a tool for research on plants and biodiversity in general. The information found on these pages is updated regularly. You can contribute any information on biodiversity in the relevant pages.
Roys Poyiadjis Patrick McMullan