Wild edible plants in Ethiopia: a review on their potential to combat food insecurity

Contributed by Ermias Lulekal1; Co-authors: Zemede Asfaw2, Ensermu Kelbessa2, Patrick Van Damme1,3 Shared with permission from Afrika Focus (Volume 24, Nr. 2, 2011. pp. 71-121) This work reviews literature on ethnobotanical knowledge of wild edible plants and their potential role in combating food insecurity in Ethiopia. Information on a total of 413 wild edible plants… Read more »

The Sentimiel Initiative: Linking traditional ecological knowledge on honey harvesting and beekeeping in a changing world

Contributed by Edmond Dounias UMR5175 Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, France   Funded by the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité, FRB), Sentimiel — a play of word with ‘sentinel’, ‘miel’ being the French term for ‘honey’ — is a citizen science operation with the twin aims of… Read more »

Ethnobiological studies about triatomines (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), vectors of Chagas disease in Bahia State, northeastern Brazil

Submitted by Eraldo Medeiros Costa Neto* and Rodrigo Gurgel Gonçalves1 The American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, is an endemic zoonosis in the Americas and its etiologic agent is the haemoflagellate parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted by feces of blood-sucking insects of the subfamily Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae). The total prevalence of Chagas disease was reduced… Read more »

Of Humans and Elephants

Contributed by Kierin Mackenzie and Dr. Piers Locke Humans and elephants co-evolved in Africa from earlier species. Humans have always lived alongside these amazing beings, and we share much in common with them. Both elephant and human young take a long time to mature. Both share complex social networks. Both communicate in a myriad of… Read more »