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The importance of medicinal plants for the Algodoal fishing community

Author(s): André Luís Cote Roman | João Ubiratan Moreira dos Santos

Journal: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi : Ciências Naturais
ISSN 1981-8114

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Restinga | Amazônia | Fishing community | Medicinal plants | Ethnobotany

Over the past three decades the fishermen of the Salgado, region on the Pará coast, have experienced a process of cultural, social and economic change, although the use of plants for various purposes has persisted. The aims of this study were to identify the species of restinga which are most widely used for medicinal purposes by the residents of Algodoal, a fishing community located in the region in question, and to test ethnobotanical techiniques designed for this objective. During the study, 24 species with medicinal properties were identified, of which eight were outstanding in terms of cultural importance.

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