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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

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Innovative solutions for growing technologies and applications of spring medicinal and aromatic plants (Nr. 1.1.1.1/18/A/043)

Emerging market trends show growing demand on commercially grown aromatic and medical plants. Nine wild species with high market potential and different biological properties grow in Latvia – 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 researchers and organic farming experts will explore selected medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) under Latvia’s agroclimatic conditions regarding their potential in commercial growing for organic farming and characteristics of their active substances.

Researchers from the Institute for Environmental Solutions in cooperation with agriculture experts and organic farming company SIA “Field and Forest”, as well as Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis will study traditional knowledge of these MAPs, additionally, they are going to carry out assessments of the chemical composition to find new potential uses, as well as  assess the MAPs suitability to commercial cultivation and use in medicine, cosmetics and food industry.

Objectives

To develop innovative technologies for growing of wild spring medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) under organic agriculture for potential commercial use in medicine, cosmetics and food industry.

Activities

1. Documentation and analysis of historical and existing knowledge of wild plant uses in Latvia with focus on spring plants;

2. Sampling expeditions to collect local genetic resources and to evaluate main risks for commercial growing of 9 wild spring MAPs (for example, the potential of local wild populations for cultivation, methods for improving seed germination, cultivation methods, considering biological characteristics of each species) and options for preventing the risks;

4. Study of the chemical composition and its changes between plants harvested in the wild and grew in organic farming;  

5. Assessment of the impact of revealed differences on biological activity of the MAPs (in in vitro and in vivo model systems).

Solutions.

Ethnobotany expeditions will acquire historical and existing knowledge about the traditional use of spring MAPs. In sampling expeditions researchers will collect local genetic resources (plant seeds and herbal drugs), which will be further studied in experimental fields. Soil composition, climatic conditions and cultivation processes may lead to significant differences in the chemical composition of plants and the biological activity of plant material. Therefore, researchers will carry out an analysis of plant composition components for plants harvested in the wild and under controlled conditions. Significant attention will be paid to potentially dangerous compounds.

Duration: March 2019 – February 2022

Leading partner: SIA “Field and Forest”

Partners: Institute for Environmental Solutions

Project scientific manager: IES leading researcher Dr. Arta Kronberga, arta.kronberga@fieldandforest.lv

Project is financed 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”, and project partners.

Total budget: 805 201.35 EUR. ERDF covers 570 607.85 EUR of the total budget costs.

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Id.no. Est-Lat 82, CAPSULES

On the one hand, there is growing demand from consumers and policy makers for increased resource productivity, decoupled economic growth from resource use and reduced hazardous effects on human health. On the other hand, entrepreneurs are competing in an increasingly globalized economy. These challenges are shared both by Estonian and Latvian businesses. It can be expected that the progression of global climate change and medical research (on human health) will result in economic penalties (reduced consumer demand and increased taxes/fines) on entrepreneurs that fail to adapt to these changing circumstances. The comparatively strict environmental regulations and the Baltic Sea Region’s health conscious consumers provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to be among the first to develop and offer alternatives to existing products, thus helping to capture market segments not only within the region but also beyond.

This project brings together two enterprises Mayeri Industries (Mayeri) from Estonia and SIA Field and Forest (F&F) from Latvia (LV) to jointly develop a new product: a laundry washing capsule in soluble film based on organic essential oils extracted from medicinal and aromatic plants growing in the Nordic region.

The developed product will be an innovative, environmentally friendly alternative to current laundry washing capsules available on the market. The use of organically grown local plants reduces the consumption of synthetic chemicals while encapsulating them in water-soluble film decreases the amount of waste produced.

Objective: The partner will join their knowledge, experience and other resources to develop a new product – a laundry-washing capsule containing organic essential oils in a water-soluble film.

Main project activities:

  1. New product development, including industrial research, experimental development and the feasibility study. The partners will identify the most suitable medicinal and aromatic plants for developing the new product; elaborate protocols for plant extraction; analyze the chemical composition of the extracted material and its intercourse with other ingredients to be used in the washing capsule; investigate the technological details of production and possibilities for innovative packaging. The partners will also prototype, pilot, test and validate the new product in the environment representative of real-life operating conditions and evaluate and analyze the potential of the new product in the market.
  2. Marketingactivities will focus on the development of a visual identity and engaging, environment-friendly packaging of the new product. Different types of marketing materials will be prepared to spread the word about the new product and generate the demand among future customers. The partners will also take part in two international trade-fairs.
 Project implementation time: June 2018 – October 2019

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

The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A – Estonia – Latvia

 

The total funding of the project is EUR 623 652.55, of which the ERDF co-funding amounts to EUR 419 186.71

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The researchers from the Institute for Environmental Solutions and SIA “Field and Forest” analyses chemical composition of valerian (Valeriana officinalis L.) and common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) samples which were gathered in Latvia in 2017. The results were compared with parameters of medicinal and aromatic plants that are included in the European Pharmacopoeia standard.

The leading researcher Arta Kronberga from SIA “Field and Forest” highlights that the results of analysis proves the assumption that we can find different characteristics between same medicinal and aromatic plants growing in Latvia’s territory. To give an example, a valerian from the Raunas municipality contains of 46% of the minimum amount required Ethereum, while samples from Lēdmane parish, Renda parish, and Jaunsvirlauka parish, extend the minimum requirements of more than 250%.

Analysis of common dandelion samples show similar results. Researchers analysed amount of three phenolic acids (antioxidants) in the roots of gathered dandelions and found that it differs more than two times from sample to sample. The biggest amount of phenolic acids was found in the dandelions that were gathered in the Priekuļi municipality, Amata municipality and Kuldīga municipality, but the least percent of phenolic acids was found in the samples from the Talsi municipality and Vecumnieki municipality.

The samples were collected in various areas in Latvia with different soil characteristics, hydrological regime, compositions of plants, and management methods, therefore, researchers cannot make very precise assumptions of genetic potential of gathered plants, not yet. To find more precise conclusions, further research is needed. Thus, the researchers are currently making the experimental sample sites, where they will be able to compare the samples of plants within the same growing conditions.

Chemical analysis and 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”.
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Development of innovative technologies for cultivation and food production of ginseng (Panax sp.) and Chinese horseradish (Angelica sinensis), (No.17-00-A01620-000008).

There is a rapidly increasing demand for natural herbs that could substitute chemical-based medicinal, cosmetic, and food products. In Europe and other parts of the world, one of the most wanted herbs are ginseng (Panax sp.) and Chinese horseradish (Angelica sinensis). Agronomy experts point out that the weather and soil in Latvia is well-suited for cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. During the project, in cooperation with scientists, agronomists and entrepreneurs, the project team will research the most suitable technologies and methods for cultivation of abovementioned herbs within organic farming environment. They will also develop innovative experiments for research of cultivation of ginseng in forest ecosystems.

Objectives

Create and support cooperation between agriculture, agricultural product processing industry and science, in order to:

1. Develop innovative methods for cultivation of globally demanded medicinal plants (ginseng (Panax sp.) and Chinese horseradish (Angelica sinensis)) that are suitable for Latvia’s agro-climatic conditions;

2. Create new products based on ginseng (Panax sp.) and Chinese horseradish (Angelica sinensis);

3. Disseminate knowledge gathered during the project via European Innovation Partnership network and other communication channels.

Activities:
1. Elaboration of cultivation technology for ginseng and Chinese horseradish within organic farming environment, development of experimental methodology, cultivation experiments, economical evaluation;

2. Development of prototypes for new tea blends including ginseng and Chinese horseradish; experience exchange; testing of characteristics of various tea blends; creating of prototypes;

3. Raising public awareness and dissemination of project results.

Project duration: January 2018 – December 2021 

Leading partner: SIA “Field and Forest”

Partners: Foundation “Institute for Environmental Solutions” and SIA “Bargi”  

Project scientific leader: Dr. Arta Kronberga, e-mail: arta.kronberga@fieldandforest.lv 

The project is co-funded by: the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Rural Development Program, Measure 16 “Cooperation”, sub-measure 16.2. “Supporting the development of new products, methods, processes and technologies” and project partners.

Total project funding: 95 000.14 EUR, including public funding 85 500.22 EUR.

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