On 9th and 10th May 2013, Kilis 7 Aralık University (Plant and Animal Sciences Department – Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Programme), in Kilis (Turkey), held the 4th meeting of the Grundtvig Plant Wild project.

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9th May 2013 – Presentations on MAPs businesses of wild harvesting and visit to Kilis Bazaar

During the first day, all the partners presented the current situation of the businesses of wild harvesting of medicinal and aromatic plants in their countries and the challenges for implementing training, taking into account:

  • Resource description and distribution
  • Production and use estimation
  • Value chains
  • Training needs
  • SWOT analysis on the businesses related to plants WH in your country

At the end of countries presentation, a discussion was held about the main aspects to consider on the training of wild harvesting from the businesses point of view.

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SPANISH PRESENTATION

Eva Moré from the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia explained the current situation of the most commercialised wild species in Spain: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Gentiana lutea, Crataegus monogyna, Rosmarinus officinalis, Thymbra capitata, Lavandula latifolia, Thymus zygis, Cistus ladanifer, Satureja fruticosa and Thymus mastichina. At the end of her presentation, she showed different videos: wild harvesting of Gentiana lutea and others in Catalonia, wild harvesting of Cistus ladanifer in Andalucia, wild harvesting of Lavandula latifolia in Aragon and distillation of Rosmarinus officinalis in Valencia.

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LITHUANIAN PRESENTATION
Birutė Karpavičienė, from the Insitute of Botany of the Nature Research Centre, with the collaboration of Jolita Radušienė, presented some information on the most important MAPs species collected in Lithuania for commercial purposes: Rubus idaeus, Urtica dioica, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Thymus spp. (T. pulegioides, T. serpyllum), Hypericum perforatum, Cetraria islandica, Artemisia absinthium, Menyanthes trifoliata, Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Lycopodium spp. (L. clavatum).
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In addition, Kristina Ložienė, from the same institution, presented a case study related to the essential oil richness of wild Juniperus communis according to the ripeness of its fruits.
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PORTUGUESE PRESENTATION
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Ana Maria Barata, from the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P., Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal, with the collaboration of Filomena Rocha and Violeta Lopes, presented the state of the art of the current wild harvesting of the 1o most commercialised MAPs species in Portugal: Eucalyptus globulus, Pinus pinaster, Cistus ladanifer, Equisetum telmateia, Pterospartum tridentatum, Centaurium erythraea, Tilia platyphyllos, Fraxinus angustifolia, Matricaria recutita, Malva sylvestris, Sambucus nigra, Chamaemelum nobile.
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TURKISH PRESENTATION
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 Nazım Şekeroğlu from the Kilis 7 Aralık University (Plant and Animal Sciences Department) explained use the current situation of the most collected MAPs species in Turkey for commercial purposes: Laurus nobilis, Ceratonia siliqua, Capparis spp., Rhus coriaria, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Rosmarinus officinalis, Origanum onites, Tilia spp., Prunus mahaleb and Thymbra spicata.
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Wild harvesting business of MAPs in Turkey

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He also presented us the training presentation that they in a vocational course held in 8th May in Turkey about wild harvesting of sustainable collection and their use.
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During the stage in Kilis 7 Aralik University we had the opportunity to visit the building, training and research facilities, as well as some cultivation essays of several MAPs and rose species.
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