Conservation of Natural Resources

Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: There is very limited information regarding plants used by traditional healers in Rangamati, Bangladesh, for treating general ailments. Current study provides significant ethnopharmacological information, both qualitative and quantitative on medical plants in Rangamati. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to collect, analyze and evaluate the rich ethnopharmacologic knowledge on medicinal plants in Rangamati and attempted to identify the important species used in traditional medicine.

Author(s): 
Kadir, Mohammad Fahim
Bin Sayeed, Muhammad Shahdaat
Mia, M. M. K.
Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

Secular growth has been occurring in Europe for about 150 years. In the USA, since 1900, each new generation has increased by an average of 1in (2.54cm) in height and about 10lb (4.54kg) in weight. This trend has generally been viewed as favorable and tallness is admired, with the current ideal height for a man in the Western world being 6ft 2in (188cm). The Japanese have increased in height since the end of the Second World War by about 5in (12.7cm) in height and the Chinese have been growing at the rate of 2.54cm/decade since the 1950s.

Author(s): 
Samaras, T. T.
Storms, L. H.
Publication Title: 
Integrative Zoology

An invasive population of Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) is established across several thousand square kilometers of southern Florida and appears to have caused precipitous population declines among several species of native mammals. Why has this giant snake had such great success as an invasive species when many established reptiles have failed to spread?

Author(s): 
Reed, Robert N.
Willson, John D.
Rodda, Gordon H.
Dorcas, Michael E.
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

The SchwartzReport tracks emerging trends that will affect the world, particularly the United States. For EXPLORE it focuses on matters of health in the broadest sense of that term, including medical issues, changes in the biosphere, technology, and policy considerations, all of which will shape our culture and our lives.

Author(s): 
Schwartz, Stephan A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Personality

There is considerable scientific interest in the psychological correlates of pro-environmental behaviors. Much research has focused on demographic and social-psychological characteristics of individuals who consistently perform such actions. Here, we report the results of 2 studies in which we explored relations between broad personality traits and pro-environmental actions.

Author(s): 
Markowitz, Ezra M.
Goldberg, Lewis R.
Ashton, Michael C.
Lee, Kibeom
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Author(s): 
Baker, Sylvia
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Asparagus racemosus Willd. (Asparagaceae) is an important medicinal plant of tropical and subtropical India. Its medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. Asparagus racemosus is mainly known for its phytoestrogenic properties.

Author(s): 
Bopana, Nishritha
Saxena, Sanjay
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Gastrointestinal diseases are common worldwide, including Bangladesh where majority of the rural people depend on water from unprotected sources. The people from Bangladesh use medicinal plants as their first line of health care to cure and prevent different types of gastrointestinal disorders. AIM OF THE STUDY: To compile plants used for the treatment of different gastrointestinal disorders in Bangladesh. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The field survey was carried out in a period of 18 months. Fieldwork was undertaken in total of eleven districts of Bangladesh.

Author(s): 
Kadir, Mohammad Fahim
Bin Sayeed, Muhammad Shahdaat
Mia, M. M. K.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) is an eminent medicinal plant of India and considered as a 'white gold' or 'divya aushad' in Indian systems of medicine. In Ayurveda, Chlorophytum borivilianum belongs to the group of "Vajikaran Rasayana" corroborated to its rejuvenating, aphrodisiac, natural sex tonic properties and effective in alleviating sexual disorders. It is largely used as ethnic medicine by local healers of indigenous communities of India.

Author(s): 
Khanam, Zakia
Singh, Ompal
Singh, Rampal
Bhat, Irshad Ul Haq
Publication Title: 
Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docohexaenoic acid (DHA), provide significant health benefits for brain function/development and cardiovascular conditions. However, most EPA and DHA for human consumption is sourced from small fatty fish caught in coastal waters and, with depleting global fish stocks, recent research has been directed towards more sustainable sources. These include aquaculture with plant-based feeds, krill, marine microalgae, microalgae-like protists and genetically-modified plants.

Author(s): 
Adarme-Vega, T. Catalina
Thomas-Hall, Skye R.
Schenk, Peer M.

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