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Gum and resin resources from some Acacia, Boswellia and Commiphora species and their economic contributions in Liban, south-east Ethiopia.

The economic contributions of gum residues to local livelihoods in the lowlands of Ethiopia for centuries has hardly been documented, despite the fact that hard resinous exudates from plants have been traded there for centuries. The results showed that there were 5 types of gums that were traded in the region- Acacia Senegal, A. seyal, Boswellia neglect, B. ogadensis, myrrh obtained from Commiphora myrrha, C. truncata and C. borensis and hagar from C. Africana. The average cash income from plant gums/resins was found to be US$ 80 per household, contributing to 32.6% of annual household income, coming in second after livestock. The paper suggests that there are further extensive studies carried that can look into the management of the plants that produce the gum and resins, which world look into management, conservation and utilisation.

Author(s): 
Leminh, M. Abebe, T., Olsson, M.
Source: 
Journal of Arid Environments
Volume etc.: 
55, 465-482
Year published: 
2003