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Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems

Microbiological science has provided a basis for understanding the production and quality of some African foods and beverages such as dawadawa, palmwine and burukutu beer. Traditional production of the foods and beverages depends on micro-organisms,... Link | Read more...

San/Pfizer Benefit Sharing Agreement

A recently concluded agreement between the attorneys of the San of Southern Africa and the transnational pharmaceutical company Pfizer is encouraging. For centuries the scientific knowledge and intellectual systems of the people of Africa and elsewhere... | Read more...

Barcodes help to mainstream traditional medicine in South Africa

Ever since democratic elections ended white rule in 1994, the African National Congress government of President Nelson Mandela has pledged to incorporate the estimated 200,000 traditional African healers into the country's conventional health care system. | Read more...

Interfacing different worlds: local skills and field computers

Bringing together local knowledge with user-friendly GIS technology, the innovative CyberTracker system holds considerable potential for resource mapping by local people. Recognizing the potential of the CyberTracker for monitoring plant use, the... | Read more...

Centre for International Ethnomedicinal Education and Research (CIEER)

The Centre for International Ethnomedicinal Education and Research is an educational and research organisation that aims to establish a focal point for the exchange of ethnomedicinal knowledge and an international network of ethnobotanical researchers. Link | Read more...

Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

CIFOR is an international research institution committed to conserving forests and improving the livelihoods of people in the tropics. The organisation has headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia but works in over 30 countries. Link | Read more...

Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT)

The Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions is a charity that was founded in 1993 to promote India's self reliance in primary health care and to help India's traditional knowledge make a contribution to the world of medicine. Link | Read more...

SA Health Info

SA HealthInfo is a research tool and service hosted by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) to support innovation and improved decision-making in southern African health sectors. Traditional medicine is one focus area, and the website... Link | Read more...

The Research Initiative on Traditional Antimalarial Methods (RITAM)

This initiative was launched in 1999 as a collaboration between WHO, the Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health (GIFTS), the University of Oxford, and researchers throughout the world who are investigating the antimalarial properties of plants. | Read more...

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC is an international NGO, founded in the 1970s, whose mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC international is based in Cambridge, UK, with 22 offices in eight regional programmes around the world. Link | Read more...

TRAMIL

TRAMIL is a programme of applied ethnopharmacological research for traditional popular medicine in the Caribbean. Its aim is to scientifically validate the traditional uses of medicinal plants for primary health care. Link | Read more...

What is the role of computers in mass spectrometry?

Because of the large amounts of information that can be generated and the large number of parameters to be changed in a short period of time, computers are essential for mass spectrometer control and for spectrum acquisition, storage and presentation.... Link | Read more...

Ix Chel Farm, Belize

In Belize, Rosita Arvigo founded the in 1987 to preserve the botanical knowledge of Don Elijio Panti, an old Mopan Maya Indian. Since then the farm, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the US Agency for International Development, has... Link | Read more...

South Africa gets virtual traditional medicine centre

The South African health department has launched a virtual reference centre for traditional medicines, with the aim of boosting scientific research into the validity of their therapeutic claims. See also http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2004/04030411461001. Link | Read more...

Mosquito repellent based on indigenous plant

The past year has seen the successful completion of the development of a novel natural method for repelling mosquitoes, including species that carry malaria. The repellent, based on a patented discovery of CSIR Bio/Chemtek, is based on the active... | Read more...

Plant collection software for conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants in Ghana 1999-200

A three-year capacity building project to support the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants in Ghana was undertaken from 1999-2002. The project involved six partner organisations - three from Ghana and three from the UK. | Read more...

BG-BASE

BG-BASE is a database application designed to manage information on biological (primarily botanical) collections. It is used in a wide variety of botanic gardens, arboreta, herbaria, zoos, universities, and similar institutions needing to document... | Read more...

2005 Asia-Pacific Traditional Medicine Forum & Expo

In order to further Strengthen Regional Cooperation & Accelerate Industrial Progress for Traditional Medicine Development in Asia-Pacific Area, the 2005 Asia-Pacific Traditional Medicine Forum & Expo will be held in China from 20-22 October. | Read more...

Agribusiness in Sustainable African Natural Plant Products (A-SNAPP)

The Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (A-SNAPP) web site is an initiative of Herb Research Foundation and USAID to help develop and implement successful, sustainable African natural products businesses. | Read more...

Rural and Agricultural Incomes with a Sustainable Environment (RAISE)

RAISE is a worldwide initiative of USAID to promote environmentally sound strategies for economic growth. The product information section of this web site features technical, market and regulatory information and commercial contents for botanicals including natural products. | Read more...

Traditional Oriental Medicine Database (TradiMed)

TradiMed database is derived from the knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicines and has been constructed by the Natural Products Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. | Read more...

Tropical Plant Database

This database provides information on the plants of the Amazon Rainforest. It is continuously upgraded as more and more rainforest plants are researched. The plant data is linked through various menus to enable both professional readers and novice to access the available plant information. Link | Read more...

World Health Organization (WHO)-Traditional Medicine

The traditional medicine web page of WHO web site provides global overview of the status of traditional medicines in health-care systems. It provides either whole document or description on the documents on guidelines, standards for manufacturing,... Link | Read more...

WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine in the ACP region

Information on (1) Centre for Scientific Research in Plant Medicines, Mampong-Akwapim, Ghana; (2) Centre National d'Application des Recherches Pharmaceutiques (CNARP), Antananaviro, Madagascar ; (3) Institut National de Recherches en Santé Publique,... | Read more...

Enda-Santé

The Enda-Santé programme of the NGO Enda tiers-monde (BP 3370, Dakar, Senegal - Fax: + 221 8 22 26 95 - Email: endaste@enda.sn) works on enhancing the use of medicinal plants and traditional medicine. Link | Read more...

MedPlan

MedPlant is a website of the Global Information Network on Medicinal Plants, supported by IDRC and Bellanet. | Read more...

BGCI Online

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), an independent U.K. registered charity, works to educate and promote conservation awareness and sustainability around the world by providing technical guidance, data and support for Botanic Gardens in over 150 countries worldwide. Link | Read more...

Combining Mobile GIS and Indigenous Knowledge in Community Managed Forests

For local communities in developing countries to be accredited for their forest management by international carbon funds, they need to supply verifiable data to support their claims. A PDA running ArcPad software and connected to a GPS can supply the... Link | Read more...

Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA)

African and European researchers have launched an ambitious international 'information mobilisation' project in Nairobi, to disclose the existing knowledge of useful plants of tropical Africa. The project intends to synthesize dispersed information... Link | Read more...

African Journal Of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

The African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative medicines (AJTCAM), a new broad-based journal, is founded on two key tenets: To publish exciting research in all areas of applied medicinal plants, Traditional medicines, Complementary... Link | Read more...

GIS Mapping of Traditional Healers

The IKS [Health] Lead Programme is developing a GPS mapping of traditional healers in the country. This project has started in KwaZulu-Natal. The project documents up to the point in the Globe the location of traditional healers, their specialties,... | Read more...

Caribbean Botanic Gardens for Conservation Conference

The 2nd conference of the Caribbean Botanic Gardens for Conservation network will be held at the Belize Botanic Gardens from 30 October to 5 November 2005. Organized in collaboration with the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Botanic Gardens ... Link | Read more...

FloraMap

FloraMap is software that biodiversity specialists use to create maps showing the most likely distribution of wild species in nature. Such maps are extremely valuable for tasks such as planning collection expeditions and deciding where to locate programs for in situ conservation. Link | Read more...

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)

Funded by the US Department of Agriculture, ATTRA is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. It provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. Link | Read more...

GRAIN Growing Diversity

The Growing Diversity project is an initiative for sharing and discussion. It involves local organizations working on biodiversity management in its broadest sense, which includes those involved in agriculture, forests, aquatic resources and indeed all life that sustains people. | Read more...

Sustainable Use of Medicinal and Indigenous Food Plants in Developing Countries

This project - supported by the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Special Unit on Technical Cooperation with Developing Countries (TCDC) - involved the establishment of a network of centres of excellence in the South in medicinal and food... Link | Read more...

News from the Medicinal Plants Network

The March issue of the Newsletter of the TWNSO Network on Medicinal Plants. Link | Read more...

CTA Publications catalogue, Supplement 2004 (pdf, 195Kb)

Pages 5 and 6Basic list of species and commodity grouping: plant resources of tropical Africa. Drawn from the PROTA database (see CTA no. 1137), this checklist of tropical Africa's plant resources covers 6,376 species. | Read more...

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