Oct 26, 2020
Join Dr. Quave as she chats with Dr. Tinde van Andel, an ethnobotanist that studies the traditional uses of crops and medicinal plants from Africa to South America. She shares the incredible story of how enslaved African women hid special rice varieties and other crop seeds in their hair braids in their escape from plantations to the forest, where thriving Maroon communities were established and persist today in Suriname. Prof. van Andel explains how her team and collaborators used interdisciplinary tools from the examination of historic records, herbarium samples, ethnobotanical interviews and genomics approaches to unravel this fascinating history of this important African crop.
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Professor Tinde van Andel (1967) is a Dutch ethnobotanist, working for Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and affiliated to Wageningen and Leiden University. Her research includes wild plants used for food and medicine, traditional rice cultivation in the Guianas, and historical collections of useful plants buried in treasure rooms of herbaria and libraries. Listening to the stories behind useful plants helps her to discover people’s unwritten history. By documenting traditional knowledge on wild food plants and local crop landraces she tries to understand how people have survived on hunter-gathering and self-sufficient agriculture in the past centuries.
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