The biocultural history of Manihot esculenta in the Moluccan islands of eastern Indonesia: assessing evidence for the movement and selection of cassava germplasm

Ellen, R.F. and Soselisa, Hermien L. and Wulandari, Asri Peni (2012) The biocultural history of Manihot esculenta in the Moluccan islands of eastern Indonesia: assessing evidence for the movement and selection of cassava germplasm. Journal of Ethnobiology, 32 (2). pp. 157-184. ISSN 0278-0771. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper examines the circulation of cassava germplasm (Manihot esculenta) as a problem in biocultural history. It reviews how the plant was introduced into the Moluccan islands as part of the 'Columbian exchange' and how it has subsequently moved around through the distribution of stem cuttings. Using a combination of lexical, ethnographic, botanical and genetic data, including material from ecologically-contrasting field sites, it evaluates the evidence for tracking germplasm movement at the local and regional level, considers the extent to which this contributes to local agrobiological diversity, and reflects upon some methodological problems of integrating sociocultural and scientific evidence. © Society of Ethnobiology 2012.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Agrobiodiversity; Eastern Indonesia; Germplasm exchange; Local knowledge; Manihot esculenta
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Depositing User: Roy Ellen
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2012 16:31
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 08:10
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32177 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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