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Title:Challenges of developing a taxonomic information system (TAXIS) on the indigenous medicinal plants of south-western Nigeria
Authors:Adelowo, O.O.
Agbonlahor, R.O.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:indigenous knowledge
information management
medicinal plants
Abstract:The oral nature of indigenous knowledge has always been cited as one of the important problems limiting its documentation, development and utilization. This was found to be true in the development of a taxonomic information system (TAXIS) on medicinal plants in Nigeria. Information was collected about the taxonomy, important uses and dangers associated with use/misuse of 118 medicinal plant species indigenous to southwestern Nigeria. Photographs of 21 of the 118 species were also collected as well as bibliographic data on 158 publications that discuss the various plant species. This information was used to develop a taxonomic information system on medicinal plants. Several challenges were encountered in the process of developing TAXIS. These include the unwillingness of some local practitioners involved with indigenous medicinal plants to volunteer information, a huge mass of unsubstantiated information, changes in the names of some species, and a lack of coordinated effort by the government and the scientific community to develop standards for plant preservation. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]