Ethnobotanical Treasures of the Dominican Republic

A quick post to high­light a new video up from Ina Vandebroek of New York Botanical Garden. This is about how a botella, a mix of herbs is made for health­care. If you don’t speak Spanish there are English cap­tions for the video.

One of the things I was think­ing as the video went on was that some of these plants could be ana­lysed for their effect. What I hadn’t thought about were the con­sequences of that. There’s a line in the write up: No sci­entific plant names were added to pro­tect the Intellectual Property Rights of local com­munit­ies. It’s a prob­lem that I hadn’t thought of. As an eth­no­bot­an­ist you’re work­ing to record and pos­sibly pro­tect a community’s use of plants, but that know­ledge itself could be used to deprive them.

Alun Salt. ORCID 0000-0002-1261-4283

When he's not the web developer for AoB Blog, Alun Salt researches something that could be mistaken for the archaeology of science. His current research is about whether there's such a thing as scientific heritage and if there is how would you recognise it?