Ethnobotany Research and Applications

Dear colleagues,

we hope all of you are well in these challenging times! 

Many of us have been using the worldwide shutdowns to engage in writing up our data, and submissions to ERA have increased tremendously in the last few months. The new sections "Notes on Ethnobotany", "Repatriation of Ethnobotanical Studies" and "Mini-Reviews" have been particularly successful.

ERA is by no means an "easy" journal - our current rejection rate is around 80%. Still, we had so many good submissions this year, that for the first time, we will have two regular issues in 2020. You have now Volume 20 (2020) in front of you. For Volume 19 (2020) please see the journal archives.

You will see that SCOPUS has started to pick up the papers published so far in 2020 and is working backwards covering previous issues.

This success has however come with lots of work for the editorial and layout team, and the reviewers. Many thanks to all of them!

However, the COVID-19 epidemic, together with increased costs for hosting, databasing and software, as well as copyediting, makes it more and more difficult to keep ERA completely free of charge. Thus, in order to maintain the journal independent, we will be implementing a small publication fee later this year, in order to help financing the running costs of ERA, to maintain the unique scope of the journal.

Ethnobotany Research and Applications is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary open access  journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research, published by the Department of Ethnobotany, Institute of Botany, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

The journal seeks manuscripts that are novel, integrative and written in ways that are accessible to a wide audience. This includes an array of disciplines (biological and social sciences) concerned particularly with theoretical questions that lead to practical applications. Articles can also be based on the perspectives of cultural practitioners, poets and others with insights into plants, people and applied research.

We encourage manuscripts in the language of the country research has been conducted in, and also in indigenous languages. Authors are also encouraged to submit bilingual manuscripts, rather than simply to translate their original work into English.


Vol 20 (2020)

Table of Contents


F. Merlin Franco, Rainer W Bussmann


Naoufal El Hachlafi, Abderrahim Chebat, Rachida Soulaymani Bencheikh, Kawtar Fikri-Benbrahim
Kênia Maria de Oliveira Valadares, Fernanda Ribeiro-da-Silva, Natalia Hanazaki
Bernard Kariuki Wanjohi, Elizabeth W Njenga, Vincent Sudoi, Wilson K Kipkore, Henrietta L Moore, Mathews IJ Davies

Reviews and Mini Reviews

Javier Enciso, Jose Amiel, Victor Miranda, Ana Mayanga, Salyoc Tapia, Fredy Fabian