Transmission of medicinal plant knowledge;
a case study from Morocco
- Prof Julie Hawkins – University of Reading
- Dr Gary J. Martin – Global Diversity Foundation
- Dr Rajindra K Puri – University of Kent
- My research is fully funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement no. 606895, as part of the MedPlant project (medplant.eu) “Phylogenetic exploration of medicinal plant diversity”.
- March 2014
My research focuses on the transmission of traditional knowledge of medicinal plants at contrasting temporal and spatial scales. I aim to synthesise contemporary, local ethnomedicinal studies and evolutionary studies to gain an in-depth understanding of how medicinal plants are selected. I have conducted community-based ethnobotany surveys to document the contemporary use of medicinal plants by Tashelhit speakers both in rural (High Atlas) and urban (Marrakech) contexts in Morocco. Furthermore, I aim to understand the role of cross-cultural transmission of knowledge in the shaping of local pharmacopoeias.