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October 24, 2014

Yarsagumba Over-Harvesting and the Resource Curse in Nepal

Anju AirNorwegian University of Science and Technology

The tragedy of the (fungal) commons Commons are always being overexploited to maximize individual benefit, which also leads to local extinctions of species in some areas. The yarsagumba (or “summer plant, winter insect” Ophiocordyceps sinensis), an endemic species to the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau, faces this very fate. This unusual and much sought after species starts ...
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