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Not just minor wild edible forest products: consumption of pteridophytes in sub-Saharan Africa

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, December 2014
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Title
Not just minor wild edible forest products: consumption of pteridophytes in sub-Saharan Africa
Published in
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, December 2014
DOI 10.1186/1746-4269-10-78
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Authors

Alfred Maroyi

Abstract

Gathering of wild edible plant resources by people in sub-Saharan Africa is discussed with reference to pteridophytes, which is an ancient plant group. Pteridophytes are crucial to food diversity and security in sub-Saharan Africa, although they are notably neglected as a result of inadequate research and agricultural development. Current research and agricultural development agenda still appear to focus on the popular and commonly used food crops, vegetables and fruits; ignoring minor and underutilized plant species such as pteridophytes which have shown significant potential as sources of macro and micro nutrients required to improve the diet of children and other vulnerable groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Documentation of edible pteridophytes is needed to reveal the importance of this plant group in the region and the associated indigenous knowledge about them; so that this knowledge can be preserved and utilized species used to combat dietary deficiencies as well as improve food security in the region. The aim of this study is to present an overview of food value of pteridophytes in sub-Saharan Africa using available literature and to highlight their potential in addressing dietary deficiencies in impoverished communities in the region.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 2%
Ethiopia 1 1%
Unknown 82 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 24%
Student > Master 11 13%
Student > Bachelor 8 9%
Researcher 7 8%
Student > Postgraduate 5 6%
Other 24 28%
Unknown 10 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 26 31%
Social Sciences 7 8%
Environmental Science 6 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 6%
Other 25 29%
Unknown 11 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 April 2018.
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#11,496,692
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Outputs from Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
#410
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#156,189
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
#36
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