Emerging Synergies Between Bioinformatics and Ethnobotany
lack of a unified approach has also led
to a paucity of comparative ethnobotanical studies, studies
that not only examine different uses of the same types of plants
in different cultures, but also compare the manner in which
these plants figure in different worldviews.
Ethnobotanical research incorporates much
interdisciplinary knowledge, highly specialized, and extensive
training is required for individuals to achieve a level of proficiency
in any one area
- botany, systematics, ecology, plant geography,
pharmacology, linguistics, and anthropology.
no standard system of archiving data exists. A standardization
of terms and a unified system to describe and record medicinal
plant uses would be of enormous benefit to researchers, especially
where exchanges of data sets are involved.
data is often inaccessible, becoming increasingly distributed
in various types of databases, and websites.