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Preserving Bavarian knowledge for the treatment of farm animals with medicinal plants and natural products

Title OriginalSicherung des bayerischen Erfahrungswissens zur Behandlung von Nutztieren mit Arzneipflanzen und Naturstoffen

The body of knowledge on the application of medical plants and other natural material for the treatment of livestock diseases has been badly documented, and impends to be forgotten, especially in Northern and Middle Europe.

The research project "Preserving Bavarian knowledge for the treatment of farm animals with medicinal plants and natural products" aims to document this Bavarian knowledge comprehensively in the framework of a veterinary doctoral thesis.

For this purpose, farmers with the respective knowledge will be sought and interviewed. The remedies and applications used will be gathered and evaluated in detail. The study results will be published in scientific journals and brought back into praxis.

Financing/ Donor
  • Carstens-Stiftung Natur und Medizin
  • Dreiklang Stiftung
  • Heidi und Karl-Heinz Kübler Stiftung
  • Crowdfunding (versch. Bayerische Unternehmen, Molkereien etc.)
(Research) Program
  • Further programmes
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Coordination and conduction

Further information
  • Bischoff, Tinetta; Christian R. Vogl, Silvia Ivemeyer, Franziska Klarer, Beat Meier, Matthias Hamburger and Michael Walkenhorst, 2016: Plant and natural product based household remedies manufactured and used by farmers of six central Swiss cantons to treat livestock, Livestock Science, 189: 110–125
  • Disler Monika, Ivemeyer Silvia, Hamburger Matthias, Vogl Christian R., Tesic Anja, Klarer Franziska, Meier Beat, Walkenhorst Michael (2014) Ethnoveterinary herbal remedies used by farmers in four north-eastern swiss cantons (St. Gallen, Thurgau, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden). J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 10:32.
  • Mayer M, Vogl CR, Amorena M, Hamburger M, Walkenhorst M: Treatment of organic livestock with medicinal plants: A systematic review of european ethnoveterinary research. Forschende Komplementärmedizin 2014; 21:375-386.
  • Mayer, Maria; Zbinden, Mirjam; Vogl, Christian R.; Ivemeyer, Silvia; Meier, Beat; Amorena, Michele; Maeschli, Ariane; Hamburger, Matthias; Walkenhorst, Michael (2017) Swiss ethnoveterinary knowledge on medicinal plants – a within-country comparison of Italian speaking regions with north-western German speaking regions; Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 13:1; DOI 10.1186/s13002-016-0106-y
  • Schmid Kathrin, Ivemeyer Silvia, Vogl Christian R., Klarer Franziska, Meier Beat, Hamburger Matthias, Walkenhorst Michael (2012) Traditional use of herbal remedies in livestock by farmers in 3 swiss cantons (Aargau, Zurich, Schaffhausen). Forsch Komplementarmed. 2012 ;19:125–36.
  • Sousa, Sabrina (2016) Contemporary ethnoveterinary knowledge in the French-speaking Swiss cantons Vaud and Geneva compared to recent ethnoveterinary and historic veterinary pharmacological literature from France, Master thesis, Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Basel, Basel
  • Vogl CR, Vogl-Lukasser B, Walkenhorst M: Local knowledge held by farmers in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) about the use of plants to maintain and improve animal health and welfare. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 2016; 12-40
Research area
FiBL project number 8609
Date modified 27.01.2020