Research in recent years has increasingly shifted away from purely academic research, and into applied aspects of the discipline, including climate change research, conservation, and sustainable development. It has by now widely been recognized that “traditional” knowledge is always in flux and adapting to a quickly changing environment. Trends of globalization, especially the globalization of plant markets, have greatly influenced how plant resources are managed nowadays. While ethnobotanical studies are now available from many regions of the world, no comprehensive encyclopedic series focusing on the worlds mountain regions is available in the market. Scholars in plant sciences worldwide will be interested in this dynamic content.
The field (and thus the market) of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology has grown considerably in recent years. Student interest is on the rise, attendance at professional conferences has grown steadily, and the number of professionals calling themselves ethnobotanists has increased significantly. Various societies of such professionals include the Society for Economic Botany, the International Society of Ethnopharmacology, the Society of Ethnobiology, the International Society for Ethnobiology, and many regional and national societies in the field that currently have thousands of members. Growth has been most robust in BRIC countries.
The objective Ethnobotany of Mountain Regions is to take advantage of the increasing international interest and scholarship in the field of mountain research. We anticipate including the best and latest research on a full range of descriptive, methodological, theoretical, and applied research on the most important plants for each region. Each contribution will be scientifically rigorous and contribute to the overall field of study.
Dr Ketevan Batsatsashvili works as Associate Professor of Botany for the School of Natural Sciences & Engineering at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Additionally, she supports the Caucus Plant Red List Authority, IUCN and is a reviewer for the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. She previously worked as a researcher for both the Institute of Botany of Ilia State University and the Ivane Javakhishvili State University. Dr Batsatsashvili has completed work on chapters of 5 books and published over 20 papers. Her research interests include lichen and plant diversity, biological monitoring of environmental stress, species extinction risk assessment, and ethnobiology.
Dr Zaal Kikvidze works as Professor of Ecology and Ethnobiology, and Director of the Institute of Ethnobiology and Socioecology for the Institute of Botany at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He previously worked as a researcher for the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia and the Institute of Teachers' Training of Georgia, an associate researcher for Chibia University in Japan, a Ramon-y-Cajal Fellow for Consejo Superior de las Investigaciones Cientificas in Spain, and Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Dr Kikvidze has published over 100 papers in scientific, educational, and scientific-popular journals. His research focuses primarily on plant community ecology, species diversity and geographical distributions on ecological gradients, rules of species coexistence and interactions among organisms, environmental education, ethnoecology, and socioecology.
Dr Rainer W. Bussmann is an ethnobotanist and vegetation ecologist, and Co-Founder of the Institute of Botany's Department of Ethnobotany at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Prior, he held directorship of the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, worked as research Fellow in Geography and the Environment at UT Austin, was Associate Professor of Botany and Scientific Director of the Harold Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawaii, and was Assistant Professor at the Universitaet Bayreuth. Dr Bussmann's work focuses on ethnobotanical research, and the preservation of traditional knowledge, in Bolivia, Peru, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas.