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Traditional Knowledge and Management of Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) in Southern Brazil

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Traditional Knowledge and Management of Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) in Southern Brazil. This paper investigates traditional knowledge of the use and management of Acca sellowiana in southern Brazil. Fifty-six informants from three rural communities were assigned to one of four subgroups (“maintainers,” “managers,” “cultivators,” or “users”) based on their responses regarding management and use of A. sellowiana. Traditional knowledge related to use of this species is widespread among rural residents, but traditional knowledge related to management is fragmented depending on whether one uses, manages, or cultivates the species. Knowledge held in rural communities suggests that A. sellowiana could play an expanded role in local economies as well as biodiversity conservation. We suggest that participatory research could stimulate greater local use as well as on-farm conservation of A. sellowiana.

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We thank the farmers with whom we have worked; the rural extension agents from Epagri and the Microbacias 2 Project; the members of farmer associations; Dr. Jean Pierre Ducroquet; two anonymous reviewers for Economic Botany for their helpful comments; and the National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq), Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes), and Foundation for Science and Technology of the State of Santa Catarina (FAPESC) for financial support.

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dos Santos, K.L., Peroni, N., Guries, R.P. et al. Traditional Knowledge and Management of Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) in Southern Brazil. Econ Bot 63, 204–214 (2009).

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