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Ressources Végétales Méconnues et Sous-Utilisées [Lesser-Known and Under-Utilised Plant Resources]

Field / Identification Guide

By: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim(Author)

193 pages, 233 colour photos

Centre de Phytothérapie et de Recherche

Paperback | Jan 2005 | #216155 | ISBN: 9990399646
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About this book

Language: French

Plant genetic resources are key components of global diversity from which humanity derives most of its food, medicines and industrial products. They ensure the world’s food, security and directly or indirectly and they support the livelihoods of every person on earth. Both the wild and domesticated components of plants genetic resources heve been used. Staples, which feed the world, include leafy green vegetables, root crops, seeds or inflorescences as well as fruits. Plants, which cloth the world, include those fibre-bearing plants, dye plants and others. Lesser-known and under-utilised plant resources are among those plants which have either become neglected in the course of time or whose potential has not yet been realized.

Ressources Végétales Méconnues et Sous-Utilisées is a photographic guide to the potential that present the lesser known and under-utilized plant resources worldwide. Among the categories of plants are those giving fruits, vegetables, perfume plants, spice and herbs, dye and fibre plants amongst others.

233 colour photographs illustrate 158 plants from 69 families and highlight vital information like their nutritional, industrial and medicinal values as well as their commercial potential. This publication will be useful to a wide range of stakeholders including farmers, students, researchers and the public at large on the use and potential use that lie in store for the under-utilized and lesser-known plant resources.

Summary in French:
Les ressources végétales représentent une partie importante de la biodiversité d’où l’Humanité toute entière puise nourriture, médicaments, produits industriels etc. Ces ressources végétales, à état sauvage ou domestiquées, ont été et seront toujours utilisées par l’Homme. Les aliments de base qui nourrissent le Monde comprennent entre autre les légumes verts, salades et féculent émanant des racines ou graines, des inflorescences ou encore des fruits. Parmi les plantes qui habillent l’homme, on trouvera les plantes à fibre et à teintures antre autres. Les plantes méconnues et sous-utilisées sont parmi ces plantes dont le potentiel reste encore à être réalisé.

Ressources Végétales Méconnues et Sous-Utilisées est un guide illustré qui présente une panoplie de plantes méconnues et sous-utilisées à travers le monde. Parmi elles, on retrouve des plantes donnant des fruits, des légumes, des parfums, des épices et des fines herbes ou encore des plantes à fibre.

Cet ouvrage comprend quelque 233 photos en couleur illustrant 158 plantes provenant de 68 familles. Chaque monographie présente des informations vitales comme leur potentiel nutritionnel, industriel, médicinal et présente aussi leur potentiel commercial. Cette publication s’adresse aux chercheurs, étudiants, agriculteurs et aussi au public en général sur le potentiel que présente les plantes méconnues et sous-utilisées.

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, PhD is presently the Managing Director of the Centre for Phytotherapy Research (CEPHYR). She has authored several books on Medicinal Plants and on the flora of Mauritius and Africa. In 2010, she also co-authored the African Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

Elected Fellow to the African, lslamic Academies of Science and the Linnean Society of London, she has received several international scientific prizes namely the l'Oreal-Unesco Prize for Women in Science (2007), the Special “Woman Professionals in Science” Prize of the CTA/NEPAD/RU FORUM/AG RA/ATPS/FARA (2009); the African Union ‘Woman in Science‘ Prize (2009). In 2013, she received the Honorary Doctorate from the Universite Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne Universites).

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