Adapting wild plant species to organic farming
Researchers from the SIA “Field and Forest” and the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) introduces 9 wild medicinal and aromatic plant (MAP) species suitable for growing in organic farming. In March, researcher Dr Arta Kronberga was invited to share IES’s experience in the international conference “Breeding and seed sector innovations for organic food systems”.
SIA “Field and Forest” in cooperation with the Institute for Environmental Solutions and Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis study the cultivation potential of 9 wild spring MAP species – 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 (Chelidonium majus) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla spp).
Click HERE and view Dr Arta Kronberga presentation “Domestication potential of Latvian local medicinal and aromatic plants genetic resources” in the international conference “Breeding and seed sector innovations for organic food systems”.
Additionally, researchers carry chemical analysis of the wild plants to evaluate how the concentrations of active compounds change due to different factors, for example, growing and climate conditions. As Dr Arta Kronberga explains: “we are developing organic farming cultivation methods for each of the 9 wild plants. This approach will show us which populations are suitable for commercial cultivation and can guarantee the highest concentrations of active compounds, thus providing the requested quality for medicine, cosmetic and food production.”
The research is a part of the project “Innovative solutions for growing technologies and applications of spring medicinal and aromatic plants” (Nr. 126.96.36.199/18/A/043). It is supported by European Regional Development Fund, as a part of Measure 188.8.131.52 “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”.