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We studied how Genders differ in traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) about plants.

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Why is it important?

Genders differ in traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) about plants. We observed that the network among women is more connected, with a greater information sharing and a greater number of central individuals, who likely provide the cohesion and maintenance of TEK in the community. Social-ecological networks can provide insights and information to unveil social patterns of knowledge transmission. Understanding how TEK is fostered and shared among community members will favor better planning of ethnobotanical studies, as well as inform decision-makers about strategies for the conservation of plant TEK.


We hope this article helps to better understand how gender behaviour differences propt the traditional knowledge sharing in communities.

Maria Cristina Messias
Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto

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This page is a summary of: Gender differences in traditional knowledge of useful plants in a Brazilian community, PLoS ONE, July 2021, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253820.
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