The wild medicinal and the aromatic plants (MAPs) are known to have high concentration of active substances, and therefore they are already used in pharma and cosmetics industries. The research project intends to develop an innovative methodology for selection and organic cultivation of high value MAPs, such as valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), and siler (Saposhnikovia divaricata) for further use in the fields of medicine, condiments, food and cosmetics. The researchers will create an experimental garden containing of previous mentioned species, which will be collected from different geographic areas of Latvia and foreign countries. As a result of the project, the researchers will obtain the knowledge on the most appropriate genotypes as well as the organic production of MAPs in Latvia’s climatic conditions.
To develop an innovative methodology for selection and organic cultivation of high value MAPs for further use in different business fields, the team of international researchers will develop an experimental research garden. Various species and subspecies of MAP’s (Valeriana officinalis L., Matricaria recutita, Echinacea angustifolia, Taraxacum officinale, Saposhnikovia divaricata) will be collected from different geographic areas of Latvia and foreign countries. The MAPs will be planted and tested under various cultivation conditions, and their morphologic, biochemical and genetic qualities will be monitored. Furthermore, the following parameters will be analysed – yield, phytochemical quality and other. As a result, the researchers will announce the most appropriate genotypes and organic production of MAPs that are also the most suitable for biological agriculture farmers, biological animal farmers, pharma, food and cosmetics companies and households use.
Project duration: 03.2017 – 02.2020.
Project manager: Dr. Andrea Primavera
Financed by: European Regional Development Fund, as a part of Measure 18.104.22.168 “Industry-Driven Research” of specific objective 1.1.1 “To increase the research and innovation capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and their ability to attract external funding by investing in human resources and infrastructure”
Total budget of the project is 736 765,98 EUR. ERDF covers 589 412,79 EUR of the total budget costs.
Leading partner: SIA "Field and Forest"