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Toward an Integration of Evolutionary Ecology and Economic Botany: Personal Perspectives on Plant/People Interactions
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Vol. 82, No. 1 (1995), pp. 25-33
Published by: Missouri Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2399977
Page Count: 9
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Plant/animal interaction is a well developed field of investigation in evolutionary ecology. Plant/people interactions have been less fully explored, yet warrant parallel investigation, incorporating ecological genetics, population ecology, chemical ecology, and community and landscape ecology. To illustrate the ways in which people and plants interact and how these affect their coevolution, I use my research on: wild and domesticated cassava (Manihot spp., Euphorbiaceae); wild and semidomesticated cocona (Solanum sessiliflorum, Solanaceae); Amuesha farming and forestry systems; campesino and natural forest management of non-timber forest products in the Rio San Juan basin, including population studies of ipecac (Cephaelis ipecacuanha, Rubiaceae); and conservation, from germplasm conservation to landscape planning. Interrelating socioeconomic and biophysical research-the reciprocal people/plant perspectives-needs further development.
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden © 1995 Missouri Botanical Garden Press