Between 15th to 16th May 2012, the Portuguese gene bank of the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Biológicos (Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal), in Braga, held the 2nd meeting of the Grundtvig Plant Wild project.
15th May 2012 – Presentations and visit to the gene bank
During the first day, all the partners presented the state of art of the research, technology transfer and training on wild harvesting in their countries.
People from the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (Spain) did 3 presentations about different non wood forest products: Eva Moré explained what has been done in the last 15 years about medicinal and aromatic plants wild harvesting, José Antonio Bonet showed the transfer use for promoting controlled mushrooms collection and tree plantations for obtaining truffles, and Jaime Coello commented the forest management techniques for increasing the production of pine nuts, chestnuts and honey, even some information about agroforestry.
Jolita Radusiene from the Institute of Botany of the Nature Research Centre (Lithuania) explained the importance of the flora in Lithuania, from a conservation and social point of view, and the different events that exist in this country for trading medicinal and aromatic plants. A special training of wild harvesting was also held by this research center.
Nazim Sekeroglu from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Kilis 7 Aralik Univesity, explained the commercial importance of the medicinal and aromatic plants in Turkey, and the pressure on the environment for obtaining these plants from the wild. They have started working with sustainable wild harvesting techniques of a special plant “Zahter” (Thymbra spicata) and they held a successful seminar focused on this subject.
Ana Maria Barata from the Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal, summarized an exhaustive research that the Portuguese group involved in this project produced about the training on medicinal and aromatic plants in Portugal, for a period of 22 years (1989-2011), discovering that the training activities have increased in these last years, while the production (cultivation and wild harvesting) entrepreneurial activities is flourishing. Moreover, Jorge Miranda, from ARDAL, a development association in Arcos de Valdevez, presented the territory, the association and their activities, and Ana Maria Carvalho, from Escola Superior Agrária de Bragança, presented the School and their pojects related to MAP teaching, in particular etnobotany studies.
At the end of each presentation, the partners have done a SWOT analyses on plants wild harvesting training in each country.
Finally, the team of the Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal showed to the attendants of the meeting, the building, the conservation conditions and the working process for preserving seeds and plants of Portuguese flora, as a result of cultivation and from the wild.