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What Ales You: 'Botany of Beer' explores how it grows on us - Press Herald

What Ales You: 'Botany of Beer' explores how it grows on us - Press Herald | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
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Hops has the botanical name "humulus," Boland said, and is in the hemp or cannabaceae family, making it a close relative of marijuana.
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Archaeologists Uncover First Use of Spices in European Cuisine | Science/AAAS | News

Archaeologists Uncover First Use of Spices in European Cuisine | Science/AAAS | News | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

Bits of silica stuck in charred residues scraped from pots reveal that chefs in northern Europe were cooking with spices at least 6 millennia ago. Although researchers have previously noted the use of strong-flavored ingredients such as onions by cooks in this region during the same era, the new find is the first to report the use of an ingredient that didn’t also have nutritional value—which means that the spice, ground seeds from a plant called garlic mustard, was almost certainly used solely for its flavor.


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About Afroculinaria

About Afroculinaria | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

"Afroculinaria is a food blog authored by Michael W. Twitty, (Twitter: @Koshersoul), a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian , and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South.  Michael is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and his interests include food culture, food history, Jewish cultural issues, African American history and cultu ral politics. Afroculinaria will highlight and address food’s critical role in the development and definition of African American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership that surround it."

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Foodways of the African diaspora.  Excellent example in topic of Global Movement of Plants and People.  Keep on following this blog.

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White Wolf: Looking back to see ahead: One woman’s quest to bring back Native American food traditions

White Wolf: Looking back to see ahead: One woman’s quest to bring back Native American food traditions | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
The survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands.Find beautiful Videos creations, photographie,wolf wisdom,quotes,wolf poetry,native american legends.

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Coffee Plants Don't Like It Hot | EveryONE - PLOS Blogs Network

Coffee Plants Don't Like It Hot | EveryONE - PLOS Blogs Network | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
Until about ten years ago, reports of H. hampei attacks on coffee plants growing above 1500 m (the preferred altitude of cultivated and naturally occurring C. arabica) were few and far between. But thanks to the 0.2-0.5 ...

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Ana G. Valenzuela Zapata's curator insight, April 17, 2013 3:32 AM

Charreria Mexican sport, lasos-lauriats made with Agave inaequidens, ixtle agave fibers.

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Could plant diversity become free (as in speech)?

Could plant diversity become free (as in speech)? | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

I’ve been tremendously privileged to be at the Seed Savers Exchange 33rd Annual Campout and Conference in Decorah, Iowa.


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Seeding the future: tapping gene banks to secure our food future

Seeding the future: tapping gene banks to secure our food future | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

Seeding the future: tapping gene banks to secure our food future ABC Online There are over 1700 gene banks around the world, including seed banks that store a range of plant and crop seed samples.


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Redefining agricultural yields: from tonnes to people nourished per hectare - Abstract - Environmental Research Letters - IOPscience

Worldwide demand for crops is increasing rapidly due to global population growth, increased biofuel production, and changing dietary preferences.
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And here's the original paper associated with the previous scoop.  It could be interesting to include in class discussions comparing "traditional" and "industrialized" agriculture.

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Indigenous Peoples and the Diversity of Food

Indigenous Peoples and the Diversity of Food | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. This year’s theme around building alliances is a reminder that indigenous people are often left out of political decision making process...
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Got this from Eve Emschwiiler...thanks, Eve!
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Broken treaties must become a thing of the past. UN expert calls for reconciliation with indigenous peoples - Statements - UNSR James Anaya

Broken treaties must become a thing of the past. UN expert calls for reconciliation with indigenous peoples - Statements - UNSR James Anaya | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

“In no instance should new treaties or agreements fall below or undermine the standards set forth in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or established in other international sources,” he said.

 

“Broken treaties must become a thing of the past,” he stressed.


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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, August 9, 2013 10:35 AM

Broken treaties must become a thing of the past. - #IdleNoMore! #HonorTheTreaties

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Why Is My Prof Annoyed With Me? Expectations for Classroom Presence

Why Is My Prof Annoyed With Me? Expectations for Classroom Presence | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
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These ought to be obvious, but they aren't.  Maybe providing a link to students early in semester would help?

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Minnesota's - Wisconsin's - Michigan's Lakes Are Too Important to Risk regarding OPEN PIT MINES

Factual documentation of the statements made in the ad is available here: http://bit.ly/UvMWwp

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Could be shown to ethnobotany class along with the guest lecture about manoomin (wild-rice) harvest at Bad River's Kakagon Slough.

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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, August 5, 2013 4:02 PM

Factual documentation of the statements made in the ad is available here: http://bit.ly/UvMWwp

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Using yaupon to brew a truly Texas tea

Using yaupon to brew a truly Texas tea | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
This native plant is North America's only indigenous source of caffeine.

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Tea made of yaupon tastes similar to its relative yerba mate.

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Farmers and genebanks, an alliance to save traditional crops ...

Farmers and genebanks, an alliance to save traditional crops ... | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

Farmers and genebanks, an alliance to save traditional crops from Agrobiodiversity Platform on Vimeo. Together with indigenous farmers we explored their possible alliance with genebanks to support the conservation, better ...


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Tribal Trust - The treaties is not a gift, or special interests, they are a core responsibility of trust and agreement.

Tribal Trust - The treaties is not a gift, or special interests, they are a core responsibility of trust and agreement. | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

The Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region recently developed this video as a tool to help our employees better understand our trust responsibilities as a federal agency for working with Indian Tribes.

A unique relationship exists between Native American Tribes and the United States Government; and, this relationship has important implications for the Service and the work that we do.

"This video is the newest tool developed to help us all better understand what our responsibilities are, how this applies to the work we do, and how we can work together to meet our shared goals," said Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius. "Effectively working with Tribes is a priority for our Region and presents a tremendous conservation partnership opportunity".

Many individuals, including many of our Tribal partners, Service employees, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and our regional Office of the Solicitor contributed to producing the video. We hope it will be a valuable resource not only for our employees but also for our Tribal partners and others who are interested in learning more about the Federal trust responsibility to Indian Tribes.

More information on our work with Tribes is available on our Partnerships with Native Americans website at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Tribal


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The treaties is not a gift, privilege or special interests, they are a core responsibility of trust, promise and agreement; its a duty and obligation.

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The Botany of Booze - Discover Magazine

The Botany of Booze - Discover Magazine | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. The new book The Drunken Botanist explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that humans ...

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plagiarism.pdf

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More on avoiding plagiarism - good to show when assigning term paper.  Hat tip to @jrossibarra - thanks!

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Ending Hunger | A modern ark of seeds

Ending Hunger | A modern ark of seeds | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

Remember the story of Noah gathering animals two by two to save them aboard his ark? Today, on an island near the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault acts as a modern-day ark for seeds.


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Junín: La maca en la historia andina

Junín: La maca en la historia andina | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

Los incas conocieron las propiedades nutritivas de la maca, por lo que fue un alimento exclusivo para los combatientes incaicos. (RT @Cipotato: En La raíz de hoy: La #maca en la historia #andina.


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How To Avoid Cheating

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@profragsdale making it really obvious how not to plagiarize.

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A diverse look at productivity

A diverse look at productivity | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
Take a look at the graphic up there and tell me what you see? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be a bit surprised. In this kind of “heat map” green is usually good and red is usually bad, but
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Jeremy Cherfas discusses a paper that looks at agricultural yield in a different way.

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Ants are laying siege to the world's chocolate supply – Ed Yong – Aeon

Ants are laying siege to the world's chocolate supply – Ed Yong – Aeon | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it
History tells us that plant diseases cause famines, pestilence and war. Now one is coming for our chocolate (Yikes! Cocoa trees are being threatened and it's not by traditional agriculturalists... it's by those pesky ants!
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Eve Emshwiller's curator insight, August 10, 2013 10:59 PM
In addition to the ethnobotany class, this could also be used in conjunction with including cacao as Plant of the Day in into botany as well.
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Cataloguing Potato Varieties and Traditional Knowledge from the Andean Highlands of Huancavelica, Peru

Cataloguing Potato Varieties and Traditional Knowledge from the Andean Highlands of Huancavelica, Peru | Ethnobotany: plants and people | Scoop.it

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Looks like a fascinating and valuable book! 

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International Potato Center (CIP)'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:51 AM

 Scurrah, M.; Haan, S. de; Winge, T. (2013). Cataloguing Potato Varieties and Traditional Knowledge from the Andean Highlands of Huancavelica, Peru.  IN: Andersen, R.; Winge, T. (eds.).  Realising Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources Success Stories and Best Practices.  Routledge, pp. 65-79.

In 2006, a potato catalogue from Peru broke new ground in the documentation of agricultural biodiversity and traditional knowledge. The Catalogo de variedades de Papa Nativa de Huancavelica - Peru (Catalogue of Native Potato Varieties from Huancavelica, Peru) was published by the International Potato Centre (CIP), and the Federation of Farmer Communities s of the Department of Huancavelica (FEDECCH). This chapter tells the story of how the catalogue was created and relates the views and experiences of the involved farmers as well as those of its other users, looking back on the process, the catalogue itself and some of the results.

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Co-occurrence of linguistic and biological diversity in biodiversity hotspots and high biodiversity wilderness areas

RT @Ethnobotanica: Open access paper on co-occurence of linguistic & biological diversity http://t.co/PqGyrKEAld


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