In his research project, FIT student Hainner Hernan Salamanca Aparicio worked in Mozambique to document ethnobotanical knowledge. He identified medicinal and economic species that can be used as potential alternative sources of livelihoods for the inhabitants Miombo woodlands.

Hainer carried out his in the Nhamacoa area, Macate district of Manica province, Mozambique. He conduced semi-structured interviews. His informants were heads of families randomly selected from the 329 ha of the area of study.

Information about medicinal and edible plants, their uses, harvesting practices, management, preparation and possible commercialisation was recorded and voucher specimens were collected. Data collection was carried out from October 2019 to January 2020. Later, plant samples were identified. All the collected data was structured in a database and analysed by using the ethnobotanyR package in R.

Hainner Hernan Salamanca Aparicio published his work together with Inga Hedbergb , Salomao Bandeirac , Abdolbaset Ghorbani in article the South African Journal of Bothany – published by Elsevier (Volume 139, July 2021, Pages 318-328),

Photo credit: Racel Lees / Unsplash