The Ethnobotany Webinars from ABC and the Sustainable Herbs Program will explore themes of plants, people, and commerce through the lens of ethnobotany.
The Development of Crofelemer: Connecting Ethnobotany, Conservation, Biocultural Diversity, Indigenous Knowledge and Global Public Health.
In this webinar, ethnobotanist, Steven King, PhD will discuss his work creating a sustainable harvesting program for Croton lechleri, (the source of Crofelemer) for use in Crofelemer, the first oral botanical drug approved by the US FDA. King in particular will talk about his work with international partners and indigenous and local communities on conserving biological diversity, recognizing intellectual property rights, and and meeting global human health care needs.
Dr. Steven R. King is an ethnobotanist who has conducted field research on the use of plants for food and medicine in the highland and lowland regions of South America, Africa and parts of Southeast Asia over the past 42 years. Dr. King holds a Ph.D in Biology with a focus on ethnobotany and economic botany. He is currently chief of sustainable supply, ethnobotanical research and IP at Jaguar Health. He has helped develop Crofelemer. He and his colleagues in several Andean countries have created a long term sustainable harvesting program of Croton lechleri, (the source of Crofelemer) in collaboration with local and indigenous communities and regional scientists
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 2-3 pm EDT
Ethical Practice and Indigenous Knowledge: A Conversation with Vicki Kelly and Kelly Bannister
In this conversation with Michael J. Balick and Paul Alan Cox, two of the world’s leading ethnobotanists, speak about their newly released book, Plants, People & Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany; share stories of their fieldwork in remote villages around the world; and discuss the ways our past and our future are deeply intertwined with plants
In this webinar, ethnobotanist Claudia Ford, PhD talks about her research into the uses of cotton and black haw to control pregnancy by African slaves and plantation owners in the American South during the 1800s. Sustainable Herbs Program Director Ann Armbrecht and Ford talk about how traditional ecological knowledge is carried as its knowledge holders are forced to leave their homelands and why knowing this history matters.
In this conversation ethnobotanists Nancy Turner and Leigh Joseph (Squamish First Nation) discuss the role of values in Indigenous knowledge systems and how these values guide cultural interrelationships with medicinal plants.
Drawing on stories from almost forty years traveling the world as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist, Wade Davis talks about the importance of culture in understanding ethnobotany. He speaks about the links between cultural and biological diversity and what is at stake for us all with the erosion of this diversity.
In this webinar, ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin talks about his groundbreaking work with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) working with indigenous colleagues to protect nature and culture in the Amazon. To date, ACT has partnered with over 55 tribes to map and improve management and protection of over 80 million acres of ancestral lands.