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Cultural relict plants: a living heritage
Nordiskt Genresurscenter.
Nordiskt Genresurscenter.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5000-948X
2013 (English)In: Nordisk Museologi, ISSN 1103-8152, no 1, 24-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cultural relict plants are remaining populations of plants once introduced for cultivation and use. The plants have survived, even though the population is no longer actively maintained. Cultural relict plants can be found in the close surroundings of historical places such as monastery ruins, churches, castles, fortresses, manors, old farms and villages. The plants are part of a living heritage, but the responsibility tends to fall between different perspectives – between the conservation of buildings, objects and immaterial knowledge (cultural heritage) and conservation of nature (natural heritage). In this article we debate the value of such plants as parts of a place. We list potential species and findings from a project with focus on the Arctic region in the Nordic countries. We furthermore emphasise the need for trans-disciplinary approaches to secure the habitat and increase awareness about cultural relict plants.

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Institutionen för museologi, Umeå universitet , 2013. no 1, 24-35 p.
Keyword [en]
Cultural relict plants, cultural heritage, natural heritage, ethno-botany, trans-disciplinary, conservation, in situ, seed bank
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History Botany Biological Systematics
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Systematic Botany
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121299OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-121299DiVA: diva2:931904
Available from: 2016-05-31 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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