Academic Research


DiGe – Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization

UNISG since January 2019, together with Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, is among the beneficiaries of the ERC project “Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization – DiGe” led by Professor Renata Sõukand.SCIENTIFIC MANAGER: Renata Sõukand OTHER UNISG RESEARCHERS INVOLVED: Andrea Pieroni PARTNERSHIP: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum (Estonia) DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 62 months FUNDING INSTRUMENT: European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 714874) WEB SITE:


Understanding the logics of obtaining, managing and perceiving of local natural resources, particularly plants, is crucial for ensuring sustainability of human life, as the use of plants is a key for survival of humans. DiGe aims to create an advanced understanding of the mechanisms of changes in ethnobotanical knowledge experienced by traditional societies/minor ethnic groups when dominating group try to unify and/or erode this practical knowledge. It will also evaluate the effects of the sudden cease to existence of such centralization and following impact of the trial of revival of discontinued traditional etnobotanical knowledge. Research will observe the effect of several social and cultural factors on the evolution of ethnobotanical knowledge of four compact, but divided ethnic minorities that had experienced for shorter (25 years) or longer (70 years) period different influences affecting their plant use and very different social conditions (including welfare and economy). As a long-term outcome is possibility to predict the extent and depth of the changes occurring in the ethnobotanical knowledge and as a applied outcome learn to direct and educate people in the way that the knowledge necessary for sustainable maintenance and utilization of local plant resources will be constantly evolving in the way supporting health and well-being of different populations.