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Title: Ethnobiology of coastal sand dune legumes of Southwest coast of India
Authors: Bhagya, B
Sridhar, KR
Keywords: Coastal sand dunes
Legumes
Ethnomedicine
Traditional knowledge
Nutrition
Medicinal use
Bioactive compounds
Ecosystem restoration
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A01K61/00, A61P1/04, A61P1/10, A61P11/00, A61P11/04, A61P17/00, A61P29/00, A61P31/00, A61P39/02
Abstract: The information pertain to coastal sand dune (CSD) wild legumes of Southwest coast of India and their importance in traditional medicine, nutrition, bioactive compounds, industries and ecosystem restoration. The data were retrieved during 2003-2005 from 12 locations in 3 states of West coast (Kerala, Karnataka and Goa). The study includes direct interviews of ethnic groups dwelling in the proximity of CSDs, native traditional healers, Ayurvedic practitioners and botanists intimately in touch with CSD wild plants. The study has a rural bias and presents traditional knowledge on food, fodder, fertilizer, pharmaceutical, religious and cultural values of CSD legumes. Information on uses of legumes, mode of preparation, dosage, novelty and cure of ailment is given. To match the collected information, literature based information on each legume was also reviewed. Some legumes are edible, endowed with medicinal properties, generate a variety of bioactive compounds of health and industrial importance. Such CSD xeriscape vegetation needs protection in view of cultural and traditional heritage of coastal inhabitants and landscape.
Page(s): 611-620
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.08(4) [October 2009]

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