International Symposium on Biodiversity and Edible Wild Species, 1-4 November 2015, Antalya, Turkey


This  scientific program will cover all related aspects of  wild medicinal and aromatic plants, wild edible plants (including herbs and fruits used for foods), edible wild mushrooms and edible insects. This international symposium will provide a platform  biodiversity and foods, conservation of wild edible diversity, sustainable utilization, nutritional values,  processing and post-harvest activities  for food, […]

Keeping you up to date on orphan crops research

Photo credit : Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, modified (Creative Commons 2.0)

Learn about the Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) Community, its news information service and how to get involved. A quarterly newsletter and/or follow @NUS_Community on twitter to be informed about and engaged in this exciting field of agricultural development.

Wild Foods and their contribution to diets.

The properties of many African leafy vegetables in Kenya remain unexplored. Photo: Bioversity/D.Hunter

An ethnobiological inventory of available food biodiversity was carried out by means of focus group discussions, and five wild foods were selected for further modelling. A market survey assessed available food prices by season. Diets were modeled to minimize cost and maximize nutrient adequacy using the Cost of Diet linear programming tool. Modeling was done without and with wild foods.

Forests as Food Producing Habitats

Forest as food producing habitats/Photo: Living Farms

Read this exploratory study carried out by Living Farms to uncover the issues around collection and consumption of uncultivated foods and the extent of dependence of Adivasi / Indigenous communities on such food, for their food and nutrition security. A negelcted potential held by forests that can support livelihoods of the indian Adivasi indigenous communities, and beyond.

Himalayan foods: healthy and nutritious crop varieties

Cover - Himalayan foods: Healthy and nutritious crop varieties

Brief description of eight underutilized crops in rural Nepal that have become the focus of efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle and marketplace for farmers and locals in Nepal.

Novel Plant Bioresources: Applications in Food, Medicine and Cosmetics

Cover - Novel Plant Bioresources

With examples and contributors from Africa, Europe, the USA and Asia, the economic, social, and cultural aspects of under-utilized plant species are addressed, and the book provides a much needed boost to the on-going effort to focus attention on under-utilized plant species and conservation initiatives.