Cultural, practical, and economic value of wild plants: A quantitative study in the Bolivian Amazon

  title={Cultural, practical, and economic value of wild plants: A quantitative study in the Bolivian Amazon},
  author={Victoria Reyes-Garc{\'i}a and Tom{\'a}s Huanca and Vincent Vadez and William R Leonard and David S. Wilkie},
  journal={Economic Botany},
Researchers have developed several indices to estimate the significance of plant species for humans. We build on previous methods in ethnobotany and anthropology to develop a new way to value plant species along three dimensions: cultural, practical, and economic. We used interview and observational data on the use of wild plants by the Tsimane’, a foraging-horticultural society in the Bolivian Amazon. We calculated the cultural, practical, economic, and total values of 114 plant species from… CONTINUE READING
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