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A History of Ethnobotany in Remote Oceania

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Title: A History of Ethnobotany in Remote Oceania
Authors: Merlin, Mark D.
Issue Date: Jul 2000
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Merlin MD. 2000. A history of ethnobotany in Remote Oceania. Pac Sci 54(3): 275-287.
Abstract: Ethnobotany has had a relatively short history as a scientific or
scholarly discipline, and according to R. L. Ford still lacks a unifying theory. In
this paper the history of ethnobotany in Remote Oceania is reviewed. In
sequence, the roots of Pacific ethnobotany in European exploration and colonial
expansion are discussed, then the contributions of early foreign residents,
and finally the rapidly growing field of scientific ethnobotany during the latter
part of the twentieth century. Examples of key research from the disciplines of
botany, anthropology, archaeology, and geography, as well as major trends in
ethnobotanical research in Remote Oceania, are described.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 54, Number 3, 2000
Merlin, Mark D.

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