Friday, September 10, 2010

Ethnobotanical Studies of Medicinal Plants of Gilgit District and Surrounding Areas

The Gilgit District and surrounding areas of northern Pakistan are rich in plant and cultural diversity, yet have been poorly studied ethnobotanically. Surveys were conducted to identify medicinal plants being used and their uses.

Distribution of knowledge about medicinal plants between men and women and two age classes was examined in order to see who holds knowledge and if knowledge is being retained or lost. Older men and women were found to know more about medicinal plants. 27 species were reported to be used for a range of purposes.

The researchers conclude that there is need for development of conservation strategies in the area that will take into account local needs, perspectives and economic development opportunities.

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