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A biorefinery approach for the development of bioactive cosmetic ingredients from by-products of medicinal plant processing and plant cell cultivation (1.1.1.1/19/A/075)

The growing human population creates increasing demand on global ecosystems for food, medicine and other natural resources. Most of the world’s habitable land is already occupied by agriculture (50%) and forestry (37%). The amount of arable land per person is dropping, thus highlighting a need for improved efficiency of extracting higher value-added products and services from existing resources.

The European leading industries of food and drinks, cosmetics and chemical production have unused potential of transforming underutilised by-products into high added value products. Europe is the global leader in the chemical industry and cosmetics production, and its food and drink industry reaches an annual turnover of 1.1 trillion EUR.

 

Most by-products coming from agriculture, cosmetics, food and drink, as well as chemical industries are not utilized and end up in municipal landfills, thus causing serious environmental, economic and social problems. Currently, by-products are handled as waste, while they could be used as ingredients to create new revenue streams and open the doors for new markets. Spinning the mindset and business approaches towards using more innovative, science-based solutions for by-product utilization will have a positive impact on the transition towards a sustainable economy.

 

Objective

To develop high added value compounds for potential use in cosmetics from by-products of medicinal plant processing and cell cultivation.

 

Activities

1. Extraction of bioactive compounds from by-products of medicinal plant (Matricaria) processing and in-vitro cell culturing (Dracocephalum, Ribes and Juniperus) using supercritical fluid extraction methodology.

2. Fractionation of polar and non-polar compounds from supercritical fluid extracts of medicinal herb processing and in-vitro cell culturing production.

3. Chemical characterization of extractions and fractions obtained from medicinal plant by-products and estimating their potential in biorefinery using medical plant production and in vitro cell culturing.

4. Characterization of biological activity of extracts and fractions derived from by-products to characterize the safety and specific efficacy claims for cosmetic use.

5. Combination of biorefinery fractions and extracts to generate a composite cosmetic ingredient with enhanced biological activity by using complex analysis of chemical composition data on in-vitro safety and biological activity.

6. Communication and result dissemination focusing on knowledge transfer to scientific community, practitioners and general public.

 

Results

1. Effective and environmentally friendly extraction and fraction methodology for by-products derived from medicinal herb processing and in-vitro plant cell cultivation.

2. The developed and tested methodology for characterization of chemical composition, biological activity and safety of obtained extracts and fractions.

3. The developed prototype of a composite cosmetic ingredient with enhanced biological activity by combining biorefinery and extracts.

4. Results disseminated through 3 Open Access scientific journal papers, 6 presentations in international conferences and communication with the public through web, social media and outreach events.

 

Duration: 1st of July 2020 – 30 th of June 2023

Leading partner: Institute for Environmental Solutions

Partners: SIA “Field and Forest”, SIA “Alternative Plants”

Project scientific manager: IES leading researcher Dr. Ilva Nakurte, ilva.nakurte@videsinstituts.lv

Funded by: European Regional Development Fund, as a part of 1.1.1.1 measure “Support for applied research” and specific objective 1.1.1 “Improve research and innovation capacity and the ability of Latvian research institutions to attract external funding, by investing in human capital and infrastructure”, Nr. 1.1.1.1/19/A/075 and project partners.

Total budget: 810 878.66 EUR

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In August 2019, the Latvian organic farming company SIA “Field and Forest” and the largest Estonian household chemical company “Mayeri industries” AS started joint work on the development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products. They will be based on herbal water as a natural fragrance. The project will result in the creation of four prototypes of new products – liquid soap, universal cleaner, laundry softener and dishwashing detergent.

Joint industrial research is being carried out to develop new product prototypes. In the period from April till the end of July 2020, SIA “Field and Forest” obtained raw floral waters from four plant sources inter alia chamomile, spruce and pine. The raw floral waters were analyzed in the laboratory to assess chemical composition and organoleptic properties. Taking into account the obtained results, the partners decided that the pine floral water will be used as the main raw material in further vacuum fractioning experiments.

In the reporting period, SIA “Field and Forest” initiated COSMOS and GACP (Good Agriculture and Collection Practice) certification procedures.

Development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products based on herbal water as a natural fragrance was co-funded by the Interreg V-A Estonia-Latvia Cross Border Cooperation Program (project identification number EST-LAT 128, Herbal Waters).

This article reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia programme is not liable for how this information may be used.

About the companies

Mayeri Industries is the largest manufacturer of washing and cleaning products in the Baltic States. The target market for our products is the Nordic region. We believe that the washing and cleaning products can be produced without affecting the natural environment negatively. Mayeri Industries AS has the biggest laundry washing product portfolio with EU Ecolabel in Europe.

SIA “Field and Forest” is a certified organic agriculture company operating since 2005. It cultivates, harvests and processes organic crops, medicinal and aromatic plants. SIA “Field and Forest” is one of the largest organic chamomile growers and producers in the Eastern Europe. The company’s research activities are aimed at increasing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants, development of new plant cultivation methods and added-value products, and collection of traditional knowledge through ethnobotanical expeditions.

More about the project here.

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Organic farming experts SIA “Field and Forest” in cooperation with Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) and Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis research suitability of nine wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) for farming and use in medicine, cosmetics and food industries.

IES leading researcher Dr. Ieva Mežaka and scientific project manager Dr. Arta Kronberga showcased the latest conclusions and described further steps of the research.




IES:
During the spring season of 2020 you were focusing on the best sprouting solutions for selected MAPs.  Why is it important in context of this research?

Dr. Ieva Mežaka (I.M.): Biology, adaptation and sprouting of researched MAPs variates greatly. Moreover, in natural conditions they sprout unevenly. During this research we want to find the most suitable solutions for them to sprout faster and evenly.

Dr. Arta Kronberga (A.K.):

“Fast and even sprouting is one of the main prerequisites for growing MAPs for commercial use”

Some of the researched species, such as great calandine, shows great sprouting results. But others need up to 2 years for sprouting, which is not suitable for cultivation in agriculture.


IES:
What kind of methods have been applied for accelerated seed sprouting?

I.M.: One of the most important approach of adapting wild herbs to agriculture is simulation of natural conditions. For example, simulating cold conditions in laboratory that seed normally experience during winter. We have also tried seed treatment with plant hormones and ultrasound. Furthermore, to find the best solutions for each MAP we tested different combinations of all methods mentioned above.

IES: What kind of results have you gained from the seed sprouting tests? Have you found the way to accelerate sprouting of all 9 MAPs?

I.M.: Sprouting results differs between the tested species. All researched MAPs can be divided in 4 groups: 1) plants that shows good sprouting results with minimum seed preparation needed – greater celandine (Chaledonium majus), pasqueflower (Pulsatilla pratensis) and coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara); 2) plants that in natural conditions sprouts slowly but we have succeed to find solutions for seed preparation that accelerates this process – cowslip (Primula veris), woodruff (Galium odoratum) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla spp); 3) plants which seeds sprouts slowly even after seed preparation – lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) and mezereon (Daphne mezereum); 4) Specie that not necessarily produces seeds in conditions of Latvia and this plant reproduce with shoots – ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea).


A.K.:
This research is still in process, but we already can make a conclusion that

“most of the researched MAPs adjust well to the agriculture conditions.”

We still need to find the best seed preparation approaches for few of the researched species. Also, we see that there are some MAPs that will need different approach for reproduction due to long sprouting period that is not suitable for commercial cultivation.


IES:
Do you focus on researching only wild populations found in territory of Latvia?

I.M.: Yes, this research is focused on populations found in Latvia, because these MAPs have adapted to our agroclimatic conditions. But to compare we also use seeds from commercial suppliers abroad.

A.K.: Almost all researched species are compared with foreign samples. In our experiment, we can see that foreign commercial seeds have already experienced some kind of breeding. We can see it in sprouting results – these seeds have shorter “sleeping period”.

IES: During the last research period Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis performed chemical analyses of all 9 MAPs. What do the results show?  Can you describe the commercial cultivation potential of the local populations?

A.K.: The main goal of these analysis was to understand the chemical composition of 9 MAPs and suitability for market.

“Current market trends show growing demand on commercially grown MAPs for the use in medicine, cosmetics and food industries. However, there is a lack of knowledge about suitability of wild species that grow in Latvia.”

Data analysis is still in process, but we already can notice that chemical parameters differ between the species. Moreover, they vary within the same species that are growing in different areas.


IES:
What are your plans for the next research period?

A.K.: We are going to continue sample gathering campaigns. It is crucial for those species that had difficulties to sprout even after seed preparation methods were applied, for example, lady’s mantle and lily of the valley. We have planned to try other reproduction methods for commercial cultivation – rhizome dividing method.

 

I.M.: We also need to gather samples for planting them in the experimental gardens. That will allow us to understand whether the level of active substances differs between plants growing in agricultural conditions and wilderness.

 

A.K.: One of the most important tasks will be the setting-up the experimental gardens in Priekuļi municipality. Then follows the assessment of populations grown in experimental garden. We are going to evaluate the following parameters – plant development rate, weed competitiveness, productivity, active substance content, etc. It is also planned to do the first harvest this year.

The research is a part of the project “Innovative solutions for growing technologies and applications of spring medicinal and aromatic plants” (Nr. 1.1.1.1/18/A/043). It is supported by European Regional Development Fund, as a part of Measure 1.1.1.1 “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”.

More about the project here.

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Organic farming experts from SIA “Field and Forest” in cooperation with the researchers from the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) have developed organic cultivation technologies for 5 medicinal and aromatic plants suitable for conditions of Latvia.



Changing environmental conditions and global market trends have increased demand on natural products grown using environmentally friendly methods, such as organically grown medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). In Latvia, there are many species of MAPs with high market potential and biological value. Among them are valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and siler (Saposhnikovia divaricata). At the same time there is a lack of knowledge about the most suitable growing technologies of MAPs for organic farming. To research them for the conditions in Latvia,  farming experts from SIA “Field and Forest” and IES’s researchers developed experimental garden located in Priekuļi municipality. Over 3-year period in the garden they conducted research on genetic diversity, stability of yield morphological, biochemical and other parameters of the 5 above-mentioned plants.


Dr. Arta Kronberga, leading researcher of SIA “Field and Forest”, about the importance of the study: “The task of this research was to develop growing technologies of 5 MAPs as it had not been studied before in Latvia. Although, these plants have high biological value and promising market potential there is a lack of knowledge of appropriate growing and cultivation technologies for Latvia’s climate conditions. Moreover, before the research we didn’t know what kind of and how much active substances these plants actually contain.”


During the development of innovative methodology for organic cultivation of high value MAPs researchers came to conclusion that all the studied species are well suited for climate conditions in Latvia. Furthermore, they are able to ensure high quality yield that meets the requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia (common quality standards throughout the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, sets minimum requirements for exporting of these MAPs). According to the results few of the researched MAPs are capable of exceeding these requirements by even two times.

 

“During the research we have concluded that all five MAPs are suitable for cultivation in Latvia, both in terms of the quantity of active substances and the quality of yield. At the same time, in order to achieve the required quality of yield, growing of each MAP must comply with specific rules described in developed cultivation technologies, such as, right choice of variety, the distance between the rows on the field, the optimal time of harvesting and other details,” Dr. A Kronberga highlights importance of developed cultivation technologies.

To calculate the potential return on growing of each MAP, the developed technologies also include an economic assessment of plant cultivation. For economic assessment researchers took into account costs of growing, the most suitable cultivation technologies that ensures the highest quality of yield and other factors. Considering that yield parameters varies for each species, economic assessment is very important. For example – while common dandelion has species with roots weighing up to 1 kg, the roots of valerian varies from 600 to 800 g, but other MAPs have even lower values of harvested roots. Researchers concluded that the cultivation of all 5 MAPs in organic farming could be economically viable and potentially profitable. To achieve it, in the product development stage requirements included in the developed cultivation technology need to be considered and used.


Additional part of this research included assessment of genetic resources of wild valerian, chamomile and common dandelion found in Latvia. Assessment of genetic resources of these plants was done for the first time. According to Dr. A. Kronberga: “Assessment of genetic resources showcases that wild dandelion growing in Latvia has the same values of productivity and chemical composition as commercial species grown in other parts of the World. It means that using developed cultivation technologies Latvian wild dandelion can be easily adjusted for commercial cultivation. Valerian, on the other hand, needs further breeding to be suitable for commercial cultivation.”



The process of developing cultivation technologies also includes a testing variety of innovative computer vision and machine learning technologies. Methods such as plant surface area measurements, help researchers to save time. Usually it is carried out manually by visual assessment or measuring surface using a ruler. Researchers regularly photographed plants growing in experimental gardens. Images were processed using specially trained algorithm capable of distinguishing leaf’s and surface of flower heads from the overall body of the plant. This innovative method helps to understand the correlation between surface area parameters and root yield indicators. IES plans to advance this technology with drones that would take photos from the field, thus, saving valuable time for researchers.

 

The research is a part of the project “Growing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants” (Nr.1.1.1.1/16/A/307). It is supported by European Regional Development Fund, as a part of Measure 1.1.1.1 “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”.

Find more about the project here.

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In August 2019, the Latvian organic farming company SIA “Field and Forest” and the largest Estonian household chemical company “Mayeri industries” AS started joint work on the development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products. They will be based on herbal water as a natural fragrance.



As people’s awareness of climate change and the need for sustainable land management practices increase, there is a growing societal demand for locally sourced products. SIA “Field and Forest” and the company “Mayeri Industries” AS continue to work on the development of new liquid household cleaning and personal hygiene products, based on herbal water, which acts as a natural fragrance. The project will result in the creation of four prototypes of new products – liquid soap, universal cleaner, laundry softener and dishwashing detergent.

Organic water will be obtained from locally grown medicinal and aromatic plants – chamomile, calendula, mint, lemon mint, pine, spruce, and others using a vacuum fractionation system. The creation of such a raw material will replace synthetic chemicals and valuable freshwater resources, which are currently incorporated in large quantities into liquid household cleaning and personal care products.

For the development of new products, the partners are carrying out industrial research and experimental development activities. In the period from October 2019 to March 2020, SIA “Field and Forest” tested various technological solutions for obtaining herbal water and evaluated the chemical, physical and microbiological properties of the raw material to be incorporated in the formulations of new products.

About the companies

Mayeri Industries is the largest manufacturer of washing and cleaning products in the Baltic States. The target market for our products is the Nordic region. We believe that the washing and cleaning products can be produced without affecting the natural environment negatively. Mayeri Industries AS has the biggest laundry washing product portfolio with EU Ecolabel in Europe.

SIA “Field and Forest” is a certified organic agriculture company operating since 2005. It cultivates, harvests and processes organic crops, medicinal and aromatic plants. SIA “Field and Forest” is one of the largest organic chamomile growers and producers in the Eastern Europe. The company’s research activities are aimed at increasing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants, development of new plant cultivation methods and added-value products, and collection of traditional knowledge through ethnobotanical expeditions.

Development of new liquid cleaning and personal hygiene products based on herbal water as a natural fragrance was co-funded by the Interreg V-A Estonia-Latvia Cross Border Cooperation Program (project identification number EST-LAT 128, Herbal Waters).

This article reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia programme is not liable for how this information may be used. 

More about the project here.

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SIA “Field and Forest” in cooperation with Estonian household chemicals company “Mayeri Industries AS” introduces new innovative product – a water-soluble laundry detergent capsule containing organic essential oils.


Responding to the growing consumer demand on environmentally friendly products and services Latvian organic farming company SIA “Field and Forest” in cooperation with largest Estonian household chemicals company “Mayeri Industries AS” has developed new innovative product made from natural and locally sourced ingredients. It is a three-part laundry detergent capsule that contains of organic peppermint and pine needle essential oils. The capsules are now available in major retail chain stores in Estonia and Latvia.


During the process of product development, partner companies conducted market research, industrial research and product prototyping. As a part of the research, the most suitable medicinal and aromatic plant species were selected to meet the product and consumer expectations, protocols for the production of essential oils were developed, the chemical composition of the plants were analyzed and the research on technological aspects of the product manufacturing processes was implemented. To introduce the product to the wider audience, since November 2019, “Mayeri Industries AS” carries product promotion campaign via mass media and Latvian and Estonian retail chain stores. 


The development of the new product was co-funded by the Interreg V-A Estonia-Latvia Cross Border Cooperation Program (project number EST-LAT82). 


This article reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia programme is not liable for how this information may be used. 


More about the project here.

About the companies 

Mayeri Industries is the largest manufacturer of washing and cleaning products in the Baltic States. The target market for their products is the Nordic region. They believe that the washing and cleaning products can be produced without affecting the natural environment negatively. Mayeri Industries AS has the biggest laundry washing product portfolio with EU Ecolabel in Europe. SIA “Field and Forest” is a certified organic farming company operating since 2005. It cultivates, harvests and processes organic crops, medicinal and aromatic plants. SIA “Field and Forest” is one of the largest organic chamomile growers and producers in the Eastern Europe. The company’s research activities are aimed at increasing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants, development of new plant cultivation methods and added-value products, as well as collection of traditional knowledge through ethnobotanical expeditions.

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Researchers from SIA “Field and Forest” and the Institute for Environmental Solutions continues to develop innovative solutions for growing and cultivation of ginseng and Chinese horseradish in Latvia. They just closed 2nd year of field research and are heading to develop new value-added tea products in cooperation with tea producer SIA “Bargi”.


Second season of field research on different growing conditions for ginseng and Chinese horseradish has concluded. As both plants are perennial, in 2019 the researchers continued to make observations of plants that were planted in the season of 2018. During the second season, researchers observed, measured and analysed effects of light intensity, meteorological conditions and soil conditions on the growth of ginseng Effects of different light intensity were measured by testing different types of shading, both natural (forest ecosystem) and artificial (artificial shading with specially made tent) within experimental sites. In order to find the most suitable conditions and cultivation technology for both plants, researchers tested different growing solutions. For example, ginseng was tested to be grown in experimental field and in forest ecosystem. During the current winter season, researchers do testing and analysis of meteorological conditions. In the upcoming Spring they will be able to analyse the effect by the winter weather conditions on each of the species. After the research on the best growing conditions, researchers in cooperation with tea producing experts will start to develop brand new value-added products.

Considering that ginseng and Chinese horseradish are perennial plants, only in year 2021, the researchers will be able to do quality assessment of the roots of the plants. In spite of that , researchers has already started to work together with leading tea production company in Latvia SIA “Bargi” to develop new products containing abovementioned herbs. To find new value-added product, SIA “Bargi” is testing different mixtures that includes ginseng and Chinese horse radish.

Innovative methods for cultivation of ginseng and Chinese horseradish will be developed as a part of the project “Developmend of innovative technologies for cultivation and food production of ginseng (Panax spp.) and Chinese horseradish (Angelica sinensis)” No.  17-00-A01620-000008, which is supported by EU European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Rural Development Programme.

More about the project here.

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Team of researchers from the SIA “Field and forest” and Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) started year 2020 with research on germination under different conditions for 9 wild spring medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) species, then developed new accelerated seed sprouting technology for each of them.

Seed germination research is an important step in development of innovative technologies for cultivation of 9 wild spring MAPs for organic farming needs, as well as with potential commercial use in pharmacy, cosmetic and food industries. To develop innovative cultivation technologies IES and SIA “Field and Forest” will cooperate with Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis.

Many wild MAP species that grow in Latvia hold a high market potential and different biological properties. These are species such as cowslip (Primula veris), woodruff (Galium odoratum), mezereon (Daphne mezereum), coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), pasqueflower (Pulsatilla pratensis), lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea), greater celandine (Chaledonium majus) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla spp). Team of researcher has started evaluation of cultivation risks for each of 9 MAPs in order to find solutions for these risks.

In this research season researchers focus on germination of plant seeds to find the best sprouting solutions for each of selected MAPs. For development of improved accelerated seed sprouting technology researchers tested different environments – climate chambers and greenhouses. The results will indicate the most suitable environment for each of researched MAP. Seed quality is very important factor for yield production amount and quality. It contributes to high germination rate, promotes productive plant formation and helps to outgrow weed, as well as increases effectivity of nutrient use.

Since autumn 2019 scientists from Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis have been carrying chemical analysis of plant parts and seeds gathered in sampling expeditions during summer. The results of analyses will allow researchers to assess genetic resources of wild species that grow in Latvia and to evaluate the risks and solutions for their cultivation for commercial use.

The research is a part of the project “Innovative solutions for growing technologies and applications of spring medicinal and aromatic plants” (Nr. 1.1.1.1/18/A/043). It is supported by European Regional Development Fund, as a part of Measure 1.1.1.1 “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”.

More about the project here.

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A team of leading researchers Dr Ilva Nakurte, Dr Arta Kronberga and Dr Andrea Primavera from SIA “Field and Forest” and Institute of Environmental Solutions (IES) were invited to present their conclusions on genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) during the “6th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants” in Cyprus, November 2019.

The wild MAPs such as valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.), chamomile (Matricaria recutita), echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), and siler (Saposhnikovia divaricata) are known to have high concentration of active substances, and therefore they are already used in medicine, condiment, food and cosmetic industries. Since 2017, international team of researchers has been carrying innovative and holistic research on genetic diversity of above mentioned MAPs to find the most suitable herbs for growing and cultivation in Latvia’s climate conditions. In experimental garden located in Priekuļi municipality in Latvia, researchers measured and analysed MAPs’ genetic diversity, stability of yield morphological, biochemical and other parameters of these 5 abovementioned plants, grown in experimental garden located in Priekuļi municipality in Latvia.

To share their experience and scientific conclusions researchers presented two posters during the 6th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: “Biologically active substances of wild valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.) roots from different regions of Latvia” and “Growing Technology for Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale L.) Under Organic Croping System”. Presentation materials here.

Research “Genetic Diversity of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants” is in the last phase. Researchers currently carry out chemical analysis of 5 medicinal and aromatic plant samples to gather results. The last step in this research will be data analysis and selection of genotypes suitable for growing and cultivation in Latvia’s climate conditions, as well as development of innovative methodology for organic cultivation of high value MAPs.

The research is a part of the project “Growing genetic diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants” (Nr.1.1.1.1/16/A/307). It is supported by European Regional Development Fund, as a part of Measure 1.1.1.1 “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”.

Find more about the project here.

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Nr. Est-Lat 128, Herbal Water

Considering the upcoming Climate Change effects on natural resources and welfare, a global market signalizes a growing demand from consumers and policy makers for improved resource efficiency and development of products with natural origin that are made from local ingredients. Therefore, two SMEs – SIA “Field and Forest” from Latvia and “Mayeri Industries” AS from Estonia have joined the strengths to develop new added value products: environmentally friendly liquid household cleaning and personal care products based on herbal water that acts as a natural fragrance.

The organic herbal water will be developed from locally grown plants (e.g. camomile, calendula, peppermint, lemon balm, spruce, pine and others). They will be used to replace the synthetic chemicals that are heavily used in liquid household cleaning and personal care products, thus reducing harmful impact on the environment and creating a real added value products.

The project aims to develop market-ready products, as well as meet the product market demand within and outside Latvia and Estonia. Therefore, it brings together two largest businesses of their kind within the project area: the household product producer (Mayeri) and the organic MAP grower (Field and Forest). The partners will benefit from mutual learning, extended cooperation network, increased capacity of cross-border collaboration, and deeper understanding of the Estonian and Latvian market and business culture.

Objective:

The main objective of the project is to join partners’ knowledge, experience and other resources to develop a new product – environmentally friendly liquid household cleaning and personal care products based on herbal water that acts as a natural fragrance.

Activities:

  1. Product development.  It will include industrial research and experimental development. Industrial research will be used to acquire new knowledge and skills required for the development of the joint products. Experimental development will prototype, pilot, test and validate the new product in real-life operating conditions and will result in the production of one test batch of each liquid cleaning household products and one test batch of personal care product;
  2. Marketing activities. Development of marketing strategy and materials to spread the word about the new products, generate product demand and ensure appropriate product positioning.

Project implementation: 1st of August 2019 – 30th of November 2020

Project partners: Mayeri Industries AS (Estonia) and SIA “Field and Forest” (Latvia)

Funded by: the European Regional Development Fund, Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A – Estonia – Latvia and project partners


The total funding: EUR 492 083.15, of which the ERDF co-funding amounts to EUR 337 257.72

This website reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the programme is not liable for how this information may be used.


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