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Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine

, 11:12

First Online: 10 February 2015Received: 23 June 2014Accepted: 29 December 2014DOI: 10.1186-1746-4269-11-12

Cite this article as: Nunes, A.T., Paivade Lucena, R.F., Ferreira dos Santos, M.V. et al. J Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 2015 11: 12. doi:10.1186-1746-4269-11-12


BackgroundThis study evaluated local knowledge of the fodder plants of the Caatinga in northeast Brazil seasonal dry forest. Specifically, the goal was to catalog local knowledge regarding the use of native and exotic forage plants in two rural communities located in the state of Paraíba northeast Brazil, to provide information for nutritional investigations and to verify how the knowledge of these resources is distributed.

MethodsThe communities were followed for three consecutive years, and interviews were conducted with 44 families 20 men and 24 women. Nine of these individuals were determined by the snowball technique to be key informants who held more specific knowledge about the topic. The data were structured into a database and statistically analyzed.

ResultsOverall, 136 plants from 37 families and 113 genera were cited, and the knowledge of men was at a higher level than that of women p < 0.05. Participants demonstrated a sophisticated knowledge of nutritional characteristics such as nutritional value, palatability, availability and productivity. Native plants were highlighted over the exotic, especially for species of the families Cactaceae, Bromeliaceae and Fabaceae.

ConclusionsThe great diversity of plants cited by the informants demonstrates the potential of local vegetation and the importance of traditional knowledge in the research process and in the characterization of forage resources. This diversity also favors the selection of promising species for future biotechnological investigations.

KeywordsEthnobotany Ethnobiology, Animal feeding plants Subsistence livestock  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Alissandra Trajano Nunes - Reinaldo Farias Paivade Lucena - Mércia Virgínia Ferreira dos Santos - Ulysses Paulino Albuqu

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