The Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Resource

For centuries, humans in every culture have used the plants and trees around them to cure their ailments. This is possible because certain plants have phytochemicals (chemical compounds) that act as remedies. Ethnobotany is the study of how different cultures use plants and their phytochemicals for maximum health benefits.

General Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Resources

  • Ethnobotany Research and Applications – A journal of plants, people, and applied research
  • Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Search Page – A data base that allows searches by different qualifiers
  • Ethnobotany – What is Ethnobotany and why is it important?

Chemicals and Activities in Specific Plants

  • Phytochemicals – A list of plants that contain phytochemicals
  • Molecular Expressions: The Phytochemical Collection – A discussion of phytochemicals, their activities in specific plants, and medicinal uses

High Concentration Chemicals in Plants

  • High Concentration Phytochemicals – A New York Times article on phytochemicals and plants with high concentrations

Ethnobotanical Uses

  • Edible Rainforest Plants – A list of edible plants
  • Ethnobotany Research - Medical uses of some plants commonly used in ethnobotany
  • Medical Ethnobotany - Database of the nutritional and medical uses of plants

GRIN Accessions

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – The Grin-CA database for accession area queries
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service – The Grin data base for the USDA

Databases and Dictionaries

  • Native American Ethnobotany – A database of plant-derived foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native Americans
  • Medicinal Plants – Search the database of medicinal plants by their uses
  • Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases - Plant and chemical information

Courses and Instruction

  • Centre for International Ethnomedicinal Education and Research – A listing of resources and educational programs
  • Ethnobotany at the University of Hawaii - Courses and training programs offered
  • Tropical Ethnobotany - Program offered by the Intstitue for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
  • Ethnobotany - Course offered at Empire State College

Medicinal and Poisonous Plants

  • Poisonous Plants – Poisonous plants and plant parts
  • Medicinal Plants – Commonly used medicinal plants and their uses

Plants and Cancer Treatments

  • Cyberbotanica – Plants and cancer treatments
  • Plants that Fight Cancer – A discussion of plants with cancer fighting properties
  • Plant Extract for Breast Cancer – The study of a rare plant that has shown promise in fighting breast cancer

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