anthropogen

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature

Agroforestry species switchboard / search engine

The World Agroforestry Center recently announced and released a new multi-database search engine, or switchboard for information on Agroforestry species. The 13 websites the Switchboard links to include The Plant […]

Is Amazonian tree biodiversity / species distribution a product of past landscape domestication?

News of recent studies has revealed that an estimated 390 billion trees are growing in Amazonia today, consisting of an approximate 16,000 species. 227 of these species are termed “hyperdominant”, […]

Judean date palm seed has a 2,000+ year viability

I saw a recent article on the revival of the once extinct Judean date palm (an ancient Phoenix dactylifera cultivar) discussing how, in the 1960’s, a clay jar containing 2,000 […]

More on the 10,400 year history of human habitation in the Bolivian Amazon

Here’s a follow-up article (below) related to the one I just posted on the dating old forest islands in the Moxos region of the Bolivian Amazon — From NBC News […]

Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Cacao in Mesoamerica

Here’s a recent, relatively brief but interesting and thorough article on the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. For a more in-depth read on the subject, I’ll recommend […]

Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence – Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica

A friend, Stephen Brooks, recently contacted me with information on an enthnobotanical / medicinal plant convergence he is coordinating next March in Costa Rica. This will undoubtedly be a fascinating […]

Myrtaceae, Luma apiculata (Myrtus luma, Eugenia apiculata) , kelümamüll (Mapuche), luma, arrayan – Temperate S. America

Luma apiculata (also variously known as Eugenia apiculata and Myrtus luma) is a member of the Myrtaceae family and related to such ethnobotanically significant plants as Jaboticaba, Clove, Allspice, Eugenia […]

Plants you aren’t growing, but should be: Solanum muricatum, pepino dulce

Solanum muricatum: One of many members of the Solanaceae family. Close relatives of this plant include Brugmansia spp, Iochroma spp, Datura spp., Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, Potatoes, and many more. It’s […]

Plants you aren’t growing, but should be: Capsicum pubescens, Rocoto

Capsicum pubescens, commonly known as Rocoto, is the least widespread and oldest cultivated species of all domesticated peppers; it has been grown for 5,000+ years. All pepper species are native […]