Phylogeny reveals non-random medicinal plant organs selection by local people in Benin

Orou G. Gaoue, Kowiyou Yessoufou, Ledile Mangka & Fifanou Vodouhe
1. Ethnobotany, the science of human-plant interactions, has for long focused on documenting the traditional knowledge that humans have developed and accumulated over centuries towards plant uses. However, how such knowledge is constructed remains poorly understood and some of the methodological approaches developed for this purpose have been criticized. 2. Here, we combine negative binomial models and phylogenetic comparative methods to test whether selection of medicinal plant species and organs by local people are non-random...
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