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Methodological advances for hypothesis‐driven ethnobiology

Orou G. Gaoue, Jacob Moutouama, Michael Coe, Matthew Bond, Elizabeth Green, Nadejda Sero, Bezeng Simmy & Kowiyou Yessoufou
Ethnobiology as a discipline has evolved recently to increasingly embrace theory-inspired and hypothesis driven approaches to study why and how local people choose plants and animals they interact with and use for their livelihood. However, testing complex hypotheses or a network of ethnobiological hypotheses is challenging, particularly for datasets with non-independent observations due to species phylogenetic relatedness or socio-relational links between participants. Further, to fully account for the dynamics of local ecological knowledge, it is...

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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  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Université de Parakou
  • University of South Africa