anthropogen

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

Article: Glimpsing prehistory in today’s Amazon rainforest

Here’s a snippet from a recent article in Popular Archaeology exploring the contemporary plight of Amazonian peoples and going further to pose the question: “how does the knowledge of the […]

New book from the World Agroforestry Centre – Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice

The World Agroforestry Centre is pleased to formally launch the book: Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice This book brings together a range of work around landscape approaches specifically looking at […]

Clusiaceae, Garcinia livingstonei, Imbe, African mangosteen

Garcinia livingstonei enjoys a wide native range throughout Tropical E. Africa and parts of W. Africa. Outside of its native region the tree is relatively unknown to most, aside from your occasional […]

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”, […]

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 […]

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: Ugni molinae (Myrtus ugni)

… And if you are already growing it, I would be  interested in any thoughts/info/feedback you may have regarding the plant via the comment forum… Ugni molinae (Myrtus ugni, Eugenia […]