Sarina Veldman

Sarina Veldman

My PhD focuses on the identification of traded medicinal plants and edible orchids from Tanzania. Both the medicinal plants and edible orchids that are used in Tanzania are harvested from the wild.

My PhD focuses on the identification of traded medicinal plants and edible orchids from Tanzania. Both the medicinal plants and edible orchids that are used in Tanzania are harvested from the wild. This can put a serious harvesting pressure on local plant populations. Especially when the use is commercialized and large quantities are extracted from the wild to meet the high demands. During my research I aim to map harvesting and trade in medicinal plants and edible orchids and to look at subsequent conservation issues that might arise from commercialized use and overharvesting. Because most plants are traded in morphological unidentifiable ways I employ DNA barcoding and Next Generation Sequencing to identify which species are used as medicinal plants and edible orchids. Previous projects I have worked on during my Biology Bachelor and Master are identification of specimens from a 17th century ethnobotanical collection from Surinam and species delimitation in a bryophyte species complex using DNA barcoding.

Teaching

During my PhD I am also involved in supervising student projects and teaching on both BSc and MSc level. Courses on which I have been assisting are: Floristics and faunistics, Functional Genomics, Plant evolution and diversity, Plant Physiology, Plant Structure and Function, Organismal evolution and diversity.

Tags: Botany , Ethnobotany , Orchidaceae , Plant DNA barcoding , Medical entomology , DNA barcoding , Metabarcoding , Conservation , Historical ethnobotany , Plant systematics , Molecular identification , Ion-Torrent PGM , Medicinal plants

Publications


2015

Vernacular dominance in folk taxonomy: A case study of ethnospecies in medicinal plant trade in Tanzania.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., Abihudi, S., Veldman, S., Nahashon, M., van Andel, T.R.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11:10. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-11-10

2014

Flourishing trade in African orchids.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., van Andel, T., Gravendeel, B.


Conservation of endangered wild harvested medicinal plants – Use of DNA barcoding. In: Novel Plant Bioresources: Applications in Food, Medicine and Cosmetics (Edited by A. Gurib-Fakim). Wiley & Sons, London.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., Gravendeel, B., Van Andel, T.,

ISBN: 978-1-118-46061-0

Species Assessment in African Orchid Cake.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., Gravendeel, B.

iBOL Barcode Bulletin 5(2): 10-11.

2013

Molecular species delimitation in the Racomitrium canescens complex (Grimmiaceae) and implications for DNA barcoding of species complexes in mosses.

Sarina Veldman , Stech, M., Larrain, J., Muñoz, J., Quandt, D., Hassel, K., Kruijer, H.

PLoS ONE 8(1): e53134. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053134

2012

The forgotten Hermann Herbarium: a 17th century collection of useful plants from Surinam.

Sarina Veldman , van Andel, T., Maas, P., Thijsse, G., Eurlings, M.

Taxon 61: 1296-1304.

Prins der botanici. De reizen, verzamelingen en studies van Paul Hermann.

Sarina Veldman

P. 148-157 In: Bloeiende Kennis (Edited by Esther van Gelder). Verloren, Hilversum.

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