Founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University became an independent institution in 1962 and gained university status in 1969. It is located in Norfolk, Virginia. About 20,000 students are enrolled in on-campus programs.
Ethnobotany (BIOL 322)
A survey of plants used by people for food, fiber, medicine, dyes, perfumes, and building. A survey of local edible, toxic and useful native plants and mushrooms is included.
Field Ethnobotany (BIOL 334)
Research techniques in ethnobotany based on the study and utilization of local plants and mushrooms for food, fiber, cordage, medicine, dyes, teas, and other
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Advanced Practices in Ethnobotany (BIOL 751/851)
The major objective of this course is modern methods used to study plants influencing human culture. Objectives include plant systematics and applications of DNA bar coding and fingerprinting; phytochemical techniques in drug discovery and food supplements; intellectual property rights; ecological methods for sustainable harvesting of natural products; the ethnobotanical interview and questionnaire development; methods for studying crop origins, history, and development; archeobotany; mining historical data; and importance of identification, vouching, efficacy, and conservation. This course provides a survey of interdisciplinary methodologies used in modern ethnobotanical research.