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Aquatic plants of South Africa for pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical usage
Expanded Title:The study of the medicinal properties of indigenous South African aquatic plants is a relatively understudied field. In South Africa traditional medicine is the preferred form of primary health care for around 70% of its population. Each year 19 500 tons of medicinal plants are used in the treatment of illnesses affecting South Africans and while terrestrial ecosystems are abundant and rich in diversity, the lack of ethnobotanical studies done on wetland ecosystems have impacted the amount of potential resources that South Africans could be acquiring. Wetlands support a great diversity of plant species and some of those plant species have been traditionally used by communities as a source of medicine, food and building materials, proving that these plants can be applied to a variety of aspects in everyday life.
Date Published:01/01/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection, Ecosystem - Resource Economics
Document Keywords:Guidelines, Society
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 349/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0736-7
Authors:Szuman KM; Lall N
Project No:K8/1089
Organizations:University of Pretoria
Document Size:9 840 KB
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