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MULTI-VAL-END - Multifaceted valorisation of single-country endemic plants of Crete, Tunisia and Rif, Morocco for sustainable exploitation in the agro-alimentary, horticultural-ornamental and medicinal-cosmetic sectors -  


Nikos Krigas,Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources; Greece
  • Mohamed El Haissoufi, Laboratory of Materials, Natural Substances, Environment and Modeling, Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University of Fez, Morocco.

  • Soumaya Bourgou, Laboratoire des Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales, Centre de Biotechnologie de Borj-Cédria, Hammam-lif, Tunisie; Tunisia



neglected and underutilised species; endemic plants; valorisation/evaluation; conservation and sustainable utilisation; opportunities and gaps in product supply chains


Mediterranean Basin is a biodiversity hot-spot, also famous for its food diversity, wild edible greens, commercially appreciated ornamental species and valuable aromatic-medicinal plants. However, only a small fraction of the huge local plant diversity is currently used in various economic sectors. MULTI-VAL-END project brings research focus on unique, neglected and underutilised plants (ca. 480 single-country endemic plants) of three regions of Mediterranean countries (Crete, Greece; Rif, Morocco; Tunisia). Being wild growing in nature and thriving often in marginal areas, these unique phytogenetic resources are naturally selected to withstand stress conditions and can therefore contribute to low-input sustainable production systems. If sustainably managed and marketed for added value products, such unique resources may offer new opportunities for localised and exclusive business branding. The scope of MULTI-VAL-END is to support and facilitate collaboration between highly qualified young researchers from Mediterranean countries in order to evaluate-valorise the most unique elements of selected Mediterranean biodiversity hot-spots regarding their potential for sustainable exploitation in three economic sectors (agro-alimentary, medicinal-cosmetic and ornamental-horticultural sectors). MULTI-VAL-END project aims to: (i) Provide solid documentation for these plants in selected economic sectors; (ii) Explore and evaluate the existing potential of the targeted plants in selected economic sectors using multiple attributes and commonly agreed methodology; (iii) Identify basic opportunities, main barriers and steps needed to build and establish new product supply chains in the selected regions; (iv) Facilitate the sustainable exploitation of selected endemic plants by bridging gaps with targeted actions. MULTI-VAL-END project is expected to deliver: (i) Comprehensive and documented species-specific assessment reports with valorisation per selected sector; (ii) A road map for the successful conservation and sustainable exploitation of the targeted plants in the selected Mediterranean regions, identifying main barriers, basic opportunities and perspectives for the development of innovative agricultural products with exclusive and localised branding; (iii) Seed banks per country with stored material for the project’s evaluated top-20 plants and for as many as possible of the single-country endemics; (iv) New documentation on propagation, natural compounds and properties of selected top-evaluated plants to boost their sustainable exploitation; (iv) Awareness raising activities involving citizens, target groups, farmers, consumers, stakeholders and scientific audience. Documenting and popularising the utilisation of such species at various scales is expected to provide more jobs, diversify income possibilities, offer new marketing options for the local community and commercial farmers, as well as open up new possibilities for the agro-alimentary, ornamental-horticultural, cosmetic-medicinal industries.









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