Muti collecting and sales

Muti collecting and sales - Southern Africa : A project with two purposes: 1. To document and summarize species that are being harvested for medicine. We do have lots of other databases of these, but a pictoral database is needed and iSpot can do this. iSpot can also provide ad

A project with two purposes:

1. To document and summarize species that are being harvested for medicine.We do have lots of other databases of these, but a pictoral database is needed and iSpot can do this. iSpot can also provide additional data - esp. in cases where observers may be unsure of the species and require an ID.

2. To provide an online quick reference to try an ID collected specimens that might not resemble live specimens. So dried, dead, cleaned, fragmented and even powdered specimens.
This will be far more of a challenge! Although unidentified observations are required, we will need to compile a reference set of identified remains to make this possible.

Please, when recording at muti markets be aware of political tensions. Make sure that you have permission to take photographs, and make certain that your credentials are clearly understood. Many illegal traders are worried about police raids, and may see you as spies or informants. There is a desperate need to know what is being traded, despite some of the trade being illegal. In the same token, please be clear on iSpot which observations are not to be used as evidence, and which are specifically being recorded as evidence (perhaps requiring an ID). Being aware of the legal and social politics in your market should inform your participation in this project.

The tag for this project is "used medicinally" - the unusual tag is to distinguish it from incidental observations where users are unaware of the implications of their observations (.e.g muti, medicine, natural cures, etc.)

The tag "pharmacopoeia" should be used for cases where a historical treatment is known. These should be clearly documented on the observation - if new, then extensive corroboration will be required.

29 Mar 2015
Tony Rebelo