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LIMA, I.E.O.; NASCIMENTO, L.A.M.  e  SILVA, M.S.. Medicinal Plants commercialization in the city of Arapiraca-AL. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.2, pp.462-472. ISSN 1516-0572.

The marketing of medicinal plants in street fairs is part of the culture of many cities in the Northeast of Brazil. The aim of this study was to identify the marketing patterns of medicinal plants in Arapiraca-AL city. The methodologies involved semi-structured interviews, givento the merchants of medicinal plants, t after a Free and Clear Consent Form, by which the survey participants were aware of the risks and benefits of it and can stop it if necessary to judge, the interviews were recorded. Snow-ball and free list techniques were also used. The informants indicated 42 species; Fabaceae had the highest number of species. From the total of identified medicinal plants, 80% were native and the predominant habitat was arboreous. This study revealed that the production and marketing of medicinal plants has a local pattern, with the plants being acquired through outsourcing, and there is no minimum quality standard, requiring the implementation of public policies for the training of these professionals, adding value to the common knowledge of medicinal plants.

Palavras-chave : Medicinal plants; Marketing standards; Ethnobotany.

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