Appendix A: Possible action chain for the stages in the development of non-wood products


Specialist

Function

Action by Specialist




Ethnobotanist, Anthropologist, Sociologist, Ecologist Eremologist,* Thamnologist* Palaeobotanist

Recognition in the field of plant usage and possible potential for development, and

Collect herbarium specimens, field notes, information through scientific publications, verbal communication, interaction among fieldworkers, etc.


Communication.


Taxonomist

Identification

Name and provide synonyms (including possible misidentifications in the literature), description, distribution, phenology, etc.

Ecologist

Environment

Liaise with taxonomist to characterize environmental factors (e.g., climate and soils) affecting plant management throughout distribution range.

Biochemist (non-food products), Industrial Chemist

Analysis

Identification of biochemicals and their possible industrial application.

Biochemist (human food), Nutritionist

Analysis

Nutritional analysis, toxins, etc.

Biochemist (animal food), Animal Specialist

Analysis

Nutritional analysis, toxins, etc.

Biochemist (medicinal plants), Pharmacologist, etc.

Analysis

Identification of active principles, secondary metabolites; assay and clinical trials, etc.

Processing Technologist

Appropriate Technology

Feasibility studies for processing using appropriate technology, etc.

Economist

Costs

Cost analysis of raw materials, harvesting, transport, processing, marketing, etc

Marketing Specialist

Marketing

Identification of market opportunities and marketing

Industrialist

Industry

Establishment and operation of industrial activities

Processing Technologist

Processing

Processing and conditioning according to market requirements.

Conservationist (manager of the resource)

Conservation

Ensure germplasm supply for future generations

Breeder

Improvement

Genetic manipulation for improved product

Agronomist, Silviculturalist

Propagation

Develop appropriate multiplication and propagation techniques, investigate possible pathological problems, etc.

Forester, Agriculturalist, Horticulturalist, Livestock/wildlife Specialist

Husbandry

Cultivation operations from sowing to harvesting, and/or management of livestock and wildlife for sustained production.

Storage Technologist

Storage

Post-harvest operations before processing (storage and transport, etc.)

Civil Servant

Participation

Allocation of land, labour, communications, etc., community relations, etc. for the well-being and economic growth of the local community.

*Eremologist: Desert science
Thamnologist: Shrubs and bushes science.