Economic Botany


SB 107 Economic Botany. General and Comprehensive Works

Ethnobotany and Paleoethnobotany: A Bibliography

Ethnobotany and Paleoethnobotany: A Bibliography is "...intended only as a general overview of ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany." The primary thrust is food. Also included are references on domesticated and wild foodstuffs, dendrochronology, pollen analysis, medicine, culturally scarred trees...tobacco, and mescalism and peyotism." Users should scroll to view the bibliography's table of contents, displayed in the site's main page. Below this area are the entire contents of the bibliography.
The site offers the table of contents, whose contents reflect: (1) Acknowledgements; (2) Introduction; (3) Section One -- "Alphabetical by Author"; (4) Section Two -- "Primary References Consulted"; (5) Section Three -- "List of Scientific (Latin) and Common Names"; (6) Section Four -- "List of Tribes or Archaeologically Named Cultures"; and (7) Section Five -- "Alphabetical Under Subject Groupings." Within the final section, subjects discussed include: acorns/nuts; coprolites; cultigens; dendrochronology; maize/grain; medicine; mescalism/peyoteism; origins of agriculture; peeled/scarred trees; plant manuals/guides; pollen; rock shelters/bluff shelters/caves; tobacco; and general sources.
The site is maintained by Michael A. Pfeiffer; Ozark-St.Francis National Forest; Russellville, Arkansas.
To Search:
Scroll past table of contents to view contents of bibliography.


EthnoBotDB is a plant reference database, a division of the Agricultural Genome Information Server (AGIS), dedicated to "...genome information for agriculturally important organisms." EthnoBotDB is an "...SQL-based database...housed at the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory...[and] contains 80,000 records of plant uses world-wide." The site's main page is a search engine for the databse, revealing various fields for narrowing search results.
Users may choose from several entry fields in searching: by common name (and other subject categories); querying by example; query builder; ACEDB query language; table maker; and selecting a new database. In the first field, users may personalize their search through a selection from this group: common name, country, ethnobotany, family, genus, references, taxon, text, and use. A browsing field can then be activated, which, in turn, produces a page of possible sublists for narrowing purposes. A title chosen from this page then yields the subject class and the plant's taxon. Specific taxonomical details can then be found, as well as a list of all applicable plants within a given portion of a plant's taxon.
Querying by example and the query builder fields are both activated through a keyword entry system. Knowledge of the ACEDB query language is required for its respective searching method; users may create a table for results through the table-making option. Accessing other databases occurs through the last search field on the main page. In all cases, users must follow onscreen links to view desired records.
The database was developed by Stephen M. Beckstrom-Sternberg; and is maintained within the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory (NGRL), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS); the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To Search:
Fill in desired search class (first entry field) within search engine. Then choose "browsing" method or more specified search. Follow onscreen links to view desired plant records.

Plants for a Future Species Database Bibliography

The Plants for a Future Species Database Bibliography supplements the Plants for a Future Species Database, which "...contains details of nearly 7,000 plants, all of which are either edible, have medicinal properties or have some other such use as fibers, oils or soaps. For each plant the database contains details of the uses of the plants, as well as information of the environment it will grow in and cultivation details." The bibliography is a list of all the books referred to within the database; it is accessible from the homepage of Plants for a Future.
At the top of the site, users will find a link to the Plants for a Future homepage, where additional information and the database can be found. The site's creators note that numbers appearing in brackets here are the reference numbers of their respective sources within the database. As such, entries are not in alphabetical order, but occur in order of appearance within the database. Users should scroll to view the site's contents.
Each text's record contains: (1) the work's reference number within the database; (2) author's name (last, first initial); (3) title of the book; (4) publication date; (5) ISBN number; and (6) name of publisher. In addition, most titles also feature a short description of their contents and scope.
The site is sponsored by Plants for a Future; Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England.
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