As indigenous languages die out, will we lose knowledge about plants? – podcast


There are more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth, but by the end of the century, 30% of these could be lost. This week, research warns that knowledge of medicinal plants is at risk of disappearing as human languages become extinct. Phoebe Weston speaks to Rodrigo Camara Leret about the study, and the links between biological and cultural diversity

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  • Dr Rodrigo Camara Leret researches cultural and biological diversity at the University of Zurich
  • Read Phoebe Weston’s article on the extinction of indigenous languages and the loss of knowledge about medicinal plants
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Amazonian herbal remedies are seen for sale at the historic Ver-o-Peso market on June 7, 2012 in Belem, Brazil.

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