ethnobotany

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ethnobotany

[¦eth·nō′bät·ən·ē]
(anthropology)
The study of how cultures utilize plants and plant products.
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Anthropologists and archaeologists with museum experience have added to the ethnobotanic component of this literature; Buhmann (et al 1976) and Kamminga (1988) have identified woods used in artefact manufacture, using literature and museum specimens.
Linguists have added considered ethnobotanic data to the literature, with several dictionaries of Aboriginal language containing detailed descriptions of how plants are gathered, prepared and used (Douglas 1988; Goddard 1992; Henderson and Dobson 1994).
Areas of Australian ethnobotany that invite further study include the role of plants in Indigenous calendars, the description of changing systems of plant use, as well the greater application of Aboriginal ethnobotanic knowledge in environmental management.
Table 1 Plants used for testing antimicrobial activity based on ethnobotanic studies.