Friday, 12 October 2018 13:02

    AgroLabs Workshop in Limassol, Cyprus

    The Workshop on “Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Cyprus- Perspectives” was successfully held on 26th of September 2018 in Cyprus University of Technology, within the framework of the AgroFood Innovation Clusters Project, with more than 140 participants.
    Key findings/outcomes from the event:
    • A lot of attention and identification of MAP collected in the countryside is required.
    • The indiscriminate collection of MAP degrades the biodiversity of a region.
    • Cyprus has a rich biodiversity in MAP and actions should be performed for the reconstruction and preservation of MAP.
    • A medicinal plant is not always an aromatic plant and vice versa.
    • Pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries require products and essential oils of stable and controlled composition, minimizing the batch to batch variation. The uncontrolled collection of MAP in the countryside does not lead in this direction.
    • Producers face problems for the proper cultivation and utilization of MAP.
    • The applications of MAP cultivation are numerous, enabling market expansion and utilization thereof.
    • Intensive cultivation systems of MAP, including hydroponics, can utilize non-fertile soils, while saving water and fertilizers and improving and controlling the quality of MAP and their products.
    • The high attendance at the Workshop signals the need of the public for further information/training and CUT can lead in this direction.

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