Books aimed to protect traditional knowledge
The New Indian Express, 17 August 2013

KERALA, INDIA: The “Student’s Handbook on Medicinal and Food Plants,” brought out by Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, details the medicinal properties, chemical constituents, scientific studies, pharmacological findings, food value and tips for further reading on each of the 25 selected plants. It is sure to hold any child’s attention with clues such as “My leaves resemble an open umbrella, “I am a memory enhancer” and “My Sanskrit name is Mandookaparni” for what is known as ‘Kudangal’ in Malayalam and ‘Indian pennywort’ in English. Beautifully illustrated with excellent photographs, the book is one among the first fruits of a research project on traditional knowledge by Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute titled “Systematic Documentation of Traditional Knowledge related to Plants used for Food, AYUSH and Indigenous Medicine.” Read the article …