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The study of the relationship of human cultures with local plants and animals.

eth′no·bi′o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
eth′no·bi·ol′o·gist n.
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(Biology) the branch of biology involving the study of the uses of plants and animals in various human societies
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There has been a surge of interest in recent years in ethnobiology, ethnobotany and other interdisciplinary fields of research that take traditional knowledge and culture as starting points in the search for new medicines.
Wade Davis studied the cultural beliefs and potential explanations for zombies in Haiti in 1982 and published a paper entitled "The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie" in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1983.
[3.] Watkins TY The Prevalence of Wild Food Knowledge among Nomadic Turkana of Northern Kenya Journal of Ethnobiology. 2010; 30(1): 137-152.
Van Damme, "Ethnomedicinal study of plants used for human ailments in Ankober District, North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia," Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, vol.
In order to ensure ethical and moral conduct in this study the Code for Research Involving Human Subjects, as developed by the University of Cape Town, was followed, along with the International Society for Ethnobiology's Code of Conduct (International Society of Ethnobiology 2006).
Green joined other Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake) Elders to speak of Gimiinigoowizimin--a term that roughly means "keeper of the gifts"--in a journal of Ethnobiology published in 2005.
Ethnobiology for the Future: Linking Cultural and Ecological Diversity