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MSc Thesis Ethnobotany_Medicinal Plants_ Junín_Peru

MSc Thesis Ethnobotany_Medicinal Plants_ Junín_Peru

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Published by Gaia Luziatelli
MSc thesis submitted in 2009 at Faculty of Life Sciences, Copenhagen University
MSc thesis submitted in 2009 at Faculty of Life Sciences, Copenhagen University

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Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants:
A case study from the Asháninka community of Bajo Quimiriki, Junín, Peru.
Gaia Luziatelli Hansen ADK06021MSc ThesisFaculty of Life Sciences, Copenhagen UniversityJune 2009Supervisor: Marten SørensenCo-supervisor: Ida Theilade
 
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Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants:
A case study from the Asháninka community of Bajo Quimiriki, Junín, Peru
Gaia Luziatelli Hansen ADK06021MSc ThesisFaculty of Life Sciences, Copenhagen UniversityJune 2009Supervisor: Marten SørensenCo-supervisor: Ida Theilade
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Gaia Luziatelli Hansen: Asháninka Medicinal Plants
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ABSTRACT
The study describes the medical use of plant species in the Asháninka indigenouscommunity of Bajo Quimiriki, District of Pichanaki, Department of Junín, Peru. Datawere collected over a 2 months fieldwork, from July to August 2007. The methods includeinterviews of informants of different age, status and gender. Knowledge of medicinal plants wasdocumented during 12 forest walks with 72 pre-marked plants, a river walk with threeinformants, 16 semi-structured household interviews. Information was also collected during participatory observation and informal talks. A cross-check on 80 selected medicinal plants was performed presenting voucher specimens to 12 additional informants.Sixty-two species of medicinal plants were identified, belonging to 57 genera and 39families. The forest and homegardens hosted similar proportions of medicinal plants. Medicinal plant knowledge was held both by healing specialists and by ordinary people in the community.Significative positive correlation was found between age of informants and their knowledge,with some exceptions due to personal background. Two of the medicinal plants widelymentioned in the community have not been reported in literature, suggesting that they could bestudied in future investigations. This study can also be used to register and protect indigenousintellectual property rights.Keywords: ethnobotany, medicinal plants, traditional knowledge, acculturation, Asháninka, Peru

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