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Item Description Ayantunde, Augustine Abioye en_US Hiernaux, Pierre en_US Briejer, Mirjam en_US Udo, Henk en_US Tabo, Ramadijta en_US 2009-09-17T22:43:09Z 2009-09-17T22:43:09Z 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Ayantunde AA, Hiernaux P, Briejer M, Udo H, Tabo R. 2009. Uses of local plant species by agropastoralists in south-western Niger. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 7:053-066. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.description research en_US
dc.description.abstract Knowledge pertaining to local plant species in West African Sahel has been poorly documented despite the central role local vegetation plays in the everyday lives of the rural people. An ethnobotanical study was conducted between April and November 2005 to document knowledge and uses of local herbaceous and woody species by the agropastoralists in South-western Niger. One hundred and twenty three voucher reference samples were collected consisting of 87 and 36 herbaceous and woody species, respectively. The voucher specimens were used for individual interviews of the agropastoralists, guided by a semi-structured questionnaire. In each interview session, an interviewee was shown voucher reference samples and was asked to identify each of them. For each plant species identified, questions were asked about its utilization and the plant part(s) being used. Major uses of local plant species are for traditional medicine, human consumption, animal feed, household construction and firewood. Mean use value of woody species was significantly higher for all use categories (p < 0.001) than for the herbaceous species. These results confirm that “apparent” plants, perennial woody species, are used by the agropastoral communities more intensively than the “non-apparent” short life cycle herbaceous species. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject local plant species en_US
dc.subject agropastoralists en_US
dc.subject Niger en_US
dc.title Uses of Local Plant Species by Agropastoralists in South-western Niger en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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