12 November 2013, ABC News (Australia) -- "The University of Tasmania believes a local man's food data bank is an untapped resource for improving diets in Australia as well as helping aid agencies.
A Tasmanian man has developed what is believed to be the world's most comprehensive database of edible plants.
Burnie-based agricultural scientist Bruce French is offering his database full of nutrient-rich foods to international aid providers.
They are using the information to help battle malnutrition in developing countries.
Mr French says the idea was born more than 40 years ago, after a trip to Papua New Guinea.
"The students told us, 'don't tell us Australian food plants, teach us Papua New Guinean food plants' and of course I didn't know anything about them growing up in Tasmania, so I had to start learning," he said.
The list has been growing as he travels the globe and discovers new entries. ..."
Photo: The oxalis tuberosa plant is just one of the food sources in the database. Credit: ABC (Australia)