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Ethnobiology

Ethnobiology of Mountain Communities in Asia

Editors: Abbasi, Arshad Mehmood, Bussmann, Rainer W. (Eds.)

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  • First comprehensive book on the ethnobotany of the mountainous regions of Asia
  • Lavishly illustrated with over 100 illustrations, most in full color
  • Written by leading experts from these unique areas in Asia
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Natural resources and associated biological diversity provide the basis of livelihood for human population, particularly in the rural areas and mountain regions across the globe. Asia is home to the world's highest mountain regions including the Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindukush. These regions are renowned around the globe because of their unique beauty, climate, and biocultural diversity. Because of geoclimatic conditions, the mountains of Asia are medicinal and food plant diversity hot spots. The indigenous communities residing in the valleys of these mountains have their own culture and traditions, and have a long history of interaction with the surrounding plant diversity. Local inhabitants of these mountains areas possess significant traditional knowledge of plant species used as food, medicine, and for cultural purposes. So far, many workers have reported traditional uses of plant species from different regions of Asia including some mountain areas; however, there is not one inclusive document on the ethnobotany of mountains in Asia.

This book provides a comprehensive overview on ethno-ecological knowledge and cross cultural variation in the application of plant species among various communities residing in the mountains of Asia; cross cultural variation in traditional uses of plant species by the mountain communities; high value medicinal and food plant species; and threats and conservation status of plant species and traditional knowledge. This book should be useful to researchers of biodiversity and conservation, ethnobiologists, ethnoecologists, naturalists, phytochemists, pharmacists, policy makers, and all who have a devotion to nature.

About the authors

About Dr. Rainer W. Bussmann

Dr. Bussmann earned his M.Sc. (Diploma) in Biology at Universität Tübingen, Germany, in 1993 and his doctorate at Universität Bayreuth, Germany, in 1994. He is an ethnobotanist and vegetation ecologist, and currently Affiliate Scientist at Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in La Paz, Bolivia, and co-director of Saving Knowledge, La Paz, Bolivia, as well as Principal Scientist at the Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, both of which he co-founded. Before retiring from Missouri Botanical Garden, Dr. Bussmann was director of the William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden, William L. Brown Curator of Economic Botany, and Senior Curator. Before accepting the directorship of WLBC, he held academic appointments as Research Fellow in Geography and the Environment at University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2007, as Associate Professor of Botany and Scientific Director of Harold Lyon Arboretum at University of Hawaii from 2003 to 2006, and as Assistant Professor at University of Bayreuth from 1997 to 2003, following a postdoc at the same institution from 1994 to 1997. He holds affiliate faculty appointments at Washington University St. Louis, USA; University of Missouri St. Louis, USA; Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, USA; Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil; Universidád Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Perú; and at Ilia State University, Republic of Georgia, and serves as external thesis advisor at multiple other universities worldwide. His work focuses on ethnobotanical research, and the preservation of traditional knowledge, in Bolivia, Peru, Madagascar, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas. To date, Dr. Bussmann has authored over 250 peer reviewed papers, over 900 book chapters, and authored or edited over 35 books.

Dr. Bussmann is a past President of the Society for Economic Botany and has served as board/council member of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology, Society of Ethnobiology, Botanical Society of America, and International Society of Ethnobiology. See more of his work on his website (https://www.cejaandina.org/rainer-w-bussmann/) and download publications from ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rainer_Bussmann).
Dr. Rainer W. BussmannPrincipal Scientist, Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Director, Saving Knowledge, La Paz, Bolivia

rainer.bussmann@iliauni.edu.ge


About Dr. Arshad Mehmood Abbasi

Dr. Arshad Mehmood Abbasi is working as Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at COMSATS University, Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus-Pakistan. Dr. Abbasi received his PhD in Ethnobotanical and Nutraceuticals aspects of plant species of Lesser Himalayas, Pakistan from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 2013. He served as post-doctorate research fellow in the School of Food Science in South China University of Technology from 2014-2016. Dr. Abbasi research is mainly focused on: plant resource utilization by mountain communities of Himalayan region of Pakistan with particular reference to ethnobotanical and nutraceuticals aspects. To date Dr. Abbasi has authored 90+ research articles and 4 Book Chapters. Dr. Abbasi has also two international books in his credit: “Medicinal Plant Biodiversity of Lesser Himalayas-Pakistan” and Wild Edible Vegetables of Lesser Himalayas: Ethnobotanical and Nutraceutical Aspects published by Springer, USA in 2012 and 2015, respectively. So far, Dr. Abbasi has been awarded three outstanding research awards by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, Best researcher awards (2017 & 2019) by host University and foreign expert certificate by Chinese Government along with many other certificates. Dr. Abbasi is also serving as volunteer editor and reviewer of several journals of international repute including Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicines, Journal of Herbal Medicine, Food Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Biology, European Journal of Medicinal Plants, Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine and Pakistan Journal of Botany among several others. Dr. Abbasi is also member of International Society of Ethnobiology; Society of Ethnobiology, University of North Texas, USA; American Chemical Society (ASC) and Institutional APIFP Champion: Asia Pacific Institute of Food Professionals.

Dr. Arshad Mehmood AbbasiDepartment of Environmental Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad Abbottabad Campus, 22060 Pakistan 
Email: Arshad799@yahoo.com 

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Medicinal, Nutritional, and Spiritual Significance of Plants in Bhutan: Their Biodiscovery Potential and Conservation Status

    Pages 1-25

    Yeshi, Karma (et al.)

  • Ethnobotany of the Himalayas

    Pages 27-45

    Riyaz, Muzafar (et al.)

  • Food from Forest: Diversity of Wild Vegetables Used by Pwo People Thailand

    Pages 47-69

    Panyadee, Prateep (et al.)

  • Study of Medicinal Plants of the Chitral Gol National Park (CGNP) with Special Emphasis on Future Conservation and Sustainability

    Pages 71-85

    Asmat, Sanam (et al.)

  • Ethnobotany of Western Himalayan Region, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

    Pages 87-101

    Amjad, Muhammad Shoaib (et al.)

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eBook 117,69 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-55494-1
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Hardcover 155,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-55493-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethnobiology of Mountain Communities in Asia
Editors
  • Arshad Mehmood Abbasi
  • Rainer W. Bussmann
Series Title
Ethnobiology
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55494-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55494-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55493-4
Series ISSN
2365-7553
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 439
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 148 illustrations in colour
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