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Articles on Ethnobiology encompass the past and present human interactions with the environment, for instance the use of diverse flora and fauna by indigenous societies.

Ethnobiology Articles

"Cricket singing means rain": semiotic meaning of insects in the district of Pedra Branca, Bahia State, northeastern Brazil
This paper deals with the semiotic meanings which are given both to the appearance and/or behavior of insect species according to the ethnoentomological knowledge of the inhabitants of the village of Pedra Branca, Bahia State, Brazil.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: 1.88, 6 pages

Ethnomedical science and African medical practice
The ethnomedical sciences are ethnobotany, ethnobiology, ethnopharmacology and phytotherapy.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: 4.00

The importance of weeds in ethnopharmacology
Abstract: Tropical primary forest is often considered to be the most important habitat for traditional peoples to gather medicinal plants.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

Ethnobiology of the Nilgiri hills, India
Abstract: The Nilgiri is a popular massif towering high in the Western Ghats in South India with an altitude of 2623 m.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: 2.50

Some unique ethnomedicinal uses of plants used by the Korku tribe of Amravati district of Maharashtra, India
Abstract: The present ethnobotanical study was carried out among the ethnic groups (Korku tribe) in the Chikhaldara, Achalpur and parts of Morshi in Amravati district of Maharashtra, India.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: 7.40

Anti-quorum sensing activity of medicinal plants in southern Florida
Bacterial intercellular communication, or quorum sensing (QS), controls the pathogenesis of many medically important organisms.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: 5.00

Ethnophysiology and contraceptive use among low-income women in urban Brazil
Distrust and dissatisfaction with contraceptive methods among low-income Brazilian women contributes to incorrect contraceptive use, harmful health risks, and an extensive reliance on surgical sterilization.

Date: 12 Jul 2007, Rating: 1.00

First comprehensive contribution to medical ethnobotany of Western Pyrenees
An ethnobotanical and medical study was carried out in the Navarre Pyrenees, an area known both for its high biological diversity and its cultural significance.

Date: 11 Jul 2007, Rating: 1.33, 8 pages

Traditional knowledge of wild edible plants used in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal): a comparative study
The paper aims to evaluate the knowledge, diversity and cultural significance of wild edible plants used in six rural areas of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula

Date: 11 Jul 2007, Rating: 1.00, 7 pages

Inflammation and Native American medicine: the role of botanicals
The authors review some of the studies of the immunomodulatory activities of botanicals used by native peoples of North America...

Date: 10 Jul 2007, Rating: 6.50, 6 pages

The ethnoecology of Caiçara metapopulations (Atlantic Forest, Brazil): ecological concepts and questions
This study represents a mental exercise with the aim of helping understanding the connection between Caiçara populations and their historical coevolution within their surroundings.

Date: 10 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated, 10 pages

Scientists Confirm Folk Remedy Repels Mosquitoes
Swatting mosquitoes and dodging other biting bugs is nearly a year-round chore in the Southeast, but such pests are swarming across the country with the advent of summer weather.

Date: 10 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

Ancient Chinese Folk Remedy May Hold Key To Non-Toxic Cancer Treatment
Two bioengineering researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a promising potential treatment for cancer among the ancient arts of Chinese folk medicine.

Date: 10 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

A Baker's Dozen Cold Remedies That Still Work A Century Later
Even as medical science continues to search into the next century for a cure for the common cold, many of the herbs, spices and concoctions grandma used at the dawn of this century can still make the symptoms more manageable today.

Date: 10 Jul 2007, Rating: 5.75

New Drugs Awaiting Discovery In Chinese Herbs?
The first large-scale computer screenings of Chinese herbs -- commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine -- has revealed a wide variety of compounds with potential for use in treating HIV/AIDS

Date: 10 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

Indigenous Amazonians display core understanding of geometry
Findings suggest basic geometrical knowledge is a universal constituent of the human mind

Date: 9 Jul 2007, Rating: 5.00

Study shows that indigenous people are not genetically prone to diabetes
The high rate of diabetes among indigenous people is not due to their genetic heritage, according to a recently published study.

Date: 9 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

Curing the common cold?
Folk and herbal remedies are often used in the hope that they will prevent the common cold or reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.

Date: 9 Jul 2007, Rating: 6.00, 2 pages

Study into effectiveness of herbal remedy in fighting chronic knee pain
The University of Southampton's Complementary Medicine Research Unit is looking for volunteers to take part in a new study which aims to establish the effectiveness of a well-known herbal remedy as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee joint.

Date: 9 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used by the Jah Hut peoples in Malaysia
This study is important to preserve knowledge of medicinal plants used by Jah Hut people and also it is of important significance to exploit novel pharmacological agents in various treatments of diseases...

Date: 30 Aug 2006, Rating: 5.04, 7 pages