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Lapis , Aida Baja .
Climbing Palms of the ASEAN: Potential for food and medicine.
Climbing palms, globally known as rattans, are the producers of the pliant, flexible and durable stem utilized as raw materials for furniture and handicraft. For nearly a century, the crafts of rotans, as the Malay call them, are widely sought as ethnically designed center art pieces giving a tropical flavor in modern western settings. As a natural resource in the Tropics and Sub-tropic regions, their potential goes beyond as raw material for the cane industry but also meets the basic needs of mankind for food and medicine which is now gaining acceptance and popularity. Rattans belong to the non wood forest species thriving naturally in tropical rainforest where fruits and shoots are seasonally harvested for food. Plantations for edible shoot and fruits are established at a village level but still many ASEAN countries rely on the forest for them. A number of rattan species is now harvested and marketed as vegetable in Indo china countries such as Lao PDR and Thailand. While in the Indo-Malay countries, rattan fruit scales are producers of extracts for pharmaceutical applications (Indonesia). Moreover, young cabbage of rattan species was recently assayed as anti-carcinogen, anti motility and anti inflammatory (Philippines). There are accounts on the curing ability against malaria and diarrhea as disclosed by the indigenous peoples.The paper will present the various rattan species in the ASEAN member states as sources of food and medicine. It will highlight the promising potential of rattans to meet the demand of local peoples, a possible food supplement and cure of ailments.
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1 - Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Forestry Campus, college, Laguna, 4031, Philippines
Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM