Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]


Amey Libman



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Publication Date

September 1999


Plants are an extremely important contributor to many medicines throughout the world. Because of the amount of forest destruction that is occurring, it is becoming important to find a rapid way to assess forests for their potential of having medicinal plants. Two such methods for assessing areas for medicinal plants, chemotaxonomic and ethnopharmacological are discussed in this paper. A biological survey of an area of premontane wet forest in Monteverde, and interviews of local people were done to compare which would better assess possible medicinal plants in the area. The end result indicates that the biological inventory would be the best way to proceed in Monteverde, although other regions might find it beneficial to use a method that combines both approaches. Las plantas son importantes contribuidores a muchas de las medicinas en todo el mundo. Porqué mucha de la destrucción esta ocurriendo en los bosques, es necesario buscar métodos para encontrar plantas medicinales rápida y eficientemente. Dos métodos son los métodos que se discuten aquí para encontrar plantas medicinales, uno la chemotaxonómico y el etnofarmaceutico. Una búsqueda biológica de un area del bosque en Monteverde, y entrevistas con personas de la localidad se hicieron para ver cual es el mejor método para encontrar plantas medicinales en Monteverde. El resultado final indica que la búsqueda biológica es el mejor método para usar en Monteverde, aunque en otros regiones pueden ser mejor usar los dos métodos juntos.


Student affilliation: Department of Biology, Bradley University Born Digital



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Monteverde Institute MVI



Biological inventory and local knowledge in locating medicinal plants



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