Ethnobotany of Mexico: Interactions of People and Plants in Mesoamerica

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Rafael Lira, Alejandro Casas, José Blancas
Springer, Apr 23, 2016 - Science - 560 pages
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This book reviews the history, current state of knowledge, and different research approaches and techniques of studies on interactions between humans and plants in an important area of agriculture and ongoing plant domestication: Mesoamerica. Leading scholars and key research groups in Mexico discuss essential topics as well as contributions from international research groups that have conducted studies on ethnobotany and domestication of plants in the region. Such a convocation will produce an interesting discussion about future investigation and conservation of regional human cultures, genetic resources, and cultural and ecological processes that are critical for global sustainability.
 

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Contents

Mexican Ethnobotany Interactions of People and Plants in Mesoamerica
1
Ethnobotany in Mexico History Development and Perspectives
21
Ethnobotany and Ethnohistorical Sources of Mesoamerica
40
PreColumbian Food System in West Mesoamerica
67
Biodiversity and Edible Plants of Mexico
83
Contemporary Maya Food System in the Lowlands of Northern Yucatan
132
Traditional Markets in Mesoamerica A Mosaic of History and Traditions
151
Ethnobotany for Sustainable Ecosystem Management A Regional Perspective in the Tehuacán Valley
179
Phylogeographical Approaches to the Study of Plant Domestication with Special Emphasis on Perennial Plants
319
Your Beans of the Last Harvest and the Possible Adoption of Bright Ideas
367
Homo sapiensCucurbita interaction in Mesoamerica Domestication Dissemination and Diversification
388
Genetics and Ecology of Wild and Cultivated Maize Domestication and Introgression
403
Chile Peppers Capsicum spp
417
Cotton Traditional and Modern Uses
438
An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Loss of Traditional Ecological Knowledge TEK in the Tehuantepec Isthmus Oaxaca
457
Ethnobotany and Ex situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources in México
475

Domestication of Plants in Mesoamerica An Archaeological Review with Some Ethnobotanical Interpretations
207
Cultural Motives of Plant Management and Domestication
232
Evolutionary Ethnobotanical Studies of Incipient Domestication of Plants in Mesoamerica
257
Ethnobotany of Mexican Weeds
286
Biosafety and Environmental Releases of GM Crops in Mesoamerica Context Does Matter
490
A Human Rights Perspective on the Plant Genetic Resources of Mesoamerica Heritage Plant Breeders Rights and Geographical Indications
507
Index
553
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Dr. Rafael Lira
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Laboratorio de Recursos Naturales, Los Reyes Iztacala, Tlanepantla, Mexico

Alejandro Casas, PhD
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

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