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ETHNOBOTANY

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Ethnobotany – definition, its significance within the limits of the state, the nation and the conservation of rare heritage from global point of view. The loss to mankind, if the heritage is not preserved and researched by present generation. Landmarks in history of ethnobiology – relation between geology, phyto geography and ethnobotany.

UNIT II:
indigenous societies and interaction with plants - a global view. Relationship between man and plants – for benefit of both and developmental strategies of both. Relationship between man and plants – mutually destructive approaches.

UNIT III:
Linkage of Ethnobotany with other sciences and disciplines in biology – food and nutrition, medicine, sociological and cultural practices, religions and social costumes and economic relations, archaeology, history and politics. M.Sc. Botany (SDE) 2009-10 Page 21 of 21

UNIT IV:
Major tribes of South India and their ethnobotanical and ethno-biological heritage – Parayar, Kurichiar, Paniyar, Mulla, Karuman, Kanikkars, Naikas, Shola Naikas, Thodas, Kothas, Kurumbas, Irullas, Kattu Naikas.

UNIT V:
Ethnobotany and conservation of plants with special reference to India – mythology and conservation of ecosystems, conservation of selected plant species: sacred groves, forestry and unique ecosystems and their ethnobiolgical values, plants and animals in art, tradition and ethnography: methodologies in ethno-botanical research. PRACTICALS: 1. Collection and identification of 100 plant specimens of ethno-botanical importance in South India. 2. Knowledge of making use of 20 plants – parts of the above 100 for varies medicinal purposes. The mode of application, the efficiency and superstitions, if any, associated with them. The student may prepare a case study report, preferably, by direct contact with the Tribe or the community concerned who are known to possess with the knowledge of the same. 3. Visit to sacred grove or sacred forest or a particular ecosystem to prepare a field report on the ecosystem. 4. Collection and identification of ethnobotanical specimen – preparations of the following categories (4 each) – oils, medicines for asthma, skin diseases, diarrhea, family planning, and snake bite.

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