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Cooperation between MAP-Expo and HAO-Demeter of Greece

During MAP-EXPO,  taking place in Eindhoven next October, HAO – Demeter, GREECE ( Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources) presents the workshop titled “Conservation, evaluation and dissemination  of Greek and Mediterranean medicinal/aromatic plants”- In this workshop that is organized by the Greek Research Institute, three top scientists in the field of MAP will address the issues of Conservation and sustainable use of Mediterranean medicinal/aromatic crops, Design of new MAPs’ products and Nutritional value of Mediterranean MAPs. Dr Eleni Maloupa, Director of Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Recourses, Plant Biology and Physiology, Dr Katerina Grigoriadou, Researcher at the same Institute, and Professor Diamanto Lazari, Department of Pharmacognosy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will be there to present the above topics and answer to the audience's questions The use of mixed herbal teas from Greek herbs and their properties and Native medicinal aromatic plants: using our senses are also topics covered by the presentations.  A sensory analysis on health claim olive oil aromatized with essential oils will follow as well as discussions on cultivation, properties and nutritional values of MAP. Essential oils, olive oil, sea salt and mixed herbal teas will be provided by the team of HAO-Demeter.   LINK TO ORIGINAL ATRICLE: http://www.greekexports.org/en/news/cooperation-between-map-expo-and-hao-demeter.html


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Announcing CBD-Seminar at MAP-Expo 2018

Announcing CBD-Seminar at MAP-Expo 2018   Following up last year’s success, we welcome the network of the Nova-Institut and there will be a high-quality seminar hosted by the EIHA (European Industrial Hemp Association). The program is as follows:       Boris Baňas, EIHA.org A Brief update on CBD-related activities of European Industrial Hemp Associaiton   Tomáš Sadílek, ICCI.science                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CBD and its regulation at national and international level - current state and its future   Hana Gabrielová, hempoint.cz Global Standards for hemp / cannabis industry   Joscha Krauss, medicalhemp.com "CBD – From farm to endproduct“    Sara Gobbi, ASTM.org ASTM D37: cannabis products and relevant standardization needs   Boris Baňas, CBDepot.eu Cannabis extracts and pharma-grade cannabinoids: several legal perspectives   The previous edition of MAP-Expo showed the potential of the Hemp industry. The seminar “Cannabidiol – from farm to end product” and the exhibitors attracted large numbers of high-quality visitors. These visitors were all interested in doing business with our exhibiting companies or were trying to establish themselves in the industry.  Building on this success, this edition will put even more focus on the hemp-industry.   We welcome you to visit MAP-Expo and visit our seminar hosted by EIHA. Further information about the program will follow.  


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Highlight on North African plants

    MAP – Expo 2018 will offer you and your company the opportunity to explore herbal markets in different African countries and find out what is the most suitable target market for your business.       North African plants Liquorice is the trade mark for short pieces of the rhizome of Glycyrrhiza glabra, a plant that originates in Eurasia, North Africa and West Asia. Meanwhile, the non-threatened plant can be found worldwide. The plant contains a sweetener that is about 30 to 50 times as strong as sugar, but is not harmful to the teeth. There must be a lot of chewing and sucking to taste the sweetener. Nevertheless, licorice - especially by children - was appreciated before the candy industry took over this market with much easier to consume products.   In Japan licorice root is used to treat hepatitis infections. Kaposi's sarcoma, a human herpes virus disease that many AIDS patients receive, is treated with liquorice. Nowadays mouth and stomach ulcers are treated with liquorice. Licorice gives the stomach a rest. A gastric acidization (dyspepsia) is countered by licorice. Because it relaxes the stomach, licorice is given after a food poisoning. It is also given to people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.    Source: https://mens-en-gezondheid.infonu.nl/gezonde-voeding/104040-de-geneeskracht-van-zoethout.html The wonder tree or wonder oil tree (Ricinus communis) is a fast-growing tropical plant that is herbaceous outside the tropics. In the tropics the plant can reach a height of up to 13 meters after a few years and then has a lignified stem that looks like a trunk. The fruit is called a wonder bean although the plant does not belong to the butterfly family (like the ordinary bean) but to the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Miracle oil is pressed from miracle beans Wonder oil has different properties, these properties can be divided into Medicinal: The oil of the Ricinus communis has a laxative effect when consumed and is also used as an antibiotic and fungide. Aromatic: It can also be used as a food additive, skin care and cosmetic products. Despite the healing effects, the seeds are deadly. The beans are not ready for consumption until they have gone through a special process to get the oil out. Do not worry, because castor oil can be used safely. The toxins are only in the raw beans. Source: https://gezonderleven.com/voordelen-van-wonderolie/ https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderboom MAP – Expo 2018 will offer you and your company the opportunity to explore herbal markets in different African countries and find out what is the most suitable target market for your business.


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Update of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Industry Research

    Update of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants industry research   Our team is working continuously to keep up with the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants industry. With the help of research reports, communicating with companies, data from our survey, we are gathering more and more information. According to data that we have at the moment, when buying raw materials, pharmaceutical companies approach multiple suppliers. This number can vary from 2 to even 20; it shows how extensive a supplier network can be for some businesses. Quality plays the most important role when selecting the supplier. Moreover, the majority of our data shows that pharmaceutical companies are interested in establishing new business relations with suppliers. Aloe vera, Chamomile, Elderberry, Red clover, Common mullein, Euphorbia are just a few examples of plants that companies are purchasing the most. On the other hand, plants like Hemp agrimony, Verbascum thapsus, Ginkgo biloba, etc. are more difficult for companies to obtain. Are you a supplier that produces and trades these medicinal plants, or a company that buys these materials? If yes, then join us at MAP-Expo 2018 and do not miss the possibility to meet your future business partners at our match-making program. If you are a pharmaceutical company and would like to contribute to our research, then please click the link down below: https://karinamarkute.typeform.com/to/U1DVJa Image source: Pixabay


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Trade of herbs in the Batlic states

  MAP – Expo 2018 will offer you and your company the opportunity to explore herbal markets in different European countries and find out what is the most suitable target market for your business. Let’s take a closer look at how this industry is performing in the Baltic states. According to the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), the demand for fresh herbs in Europe is experiencing an upward trend. This trend is also visible in the Baltic states (CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2016). The trade of herbs in Lithuania is mostly influenced by the collection of herbs in the wild and imports. Herbs collected in the wild account for 29 percent of all the ingredients used in pharmaceutical industry, while 65 percent of ingredients are received from imports. Lithuania imports plants and herbs from Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Egypt, to name just a few. On the other hand, exports from Lithuania are targeted mainly to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus. The export of herbs and plants contribute a little bit to the trade and are mostly focused on the countries located in eastern Europe. As was stated by J. Radusiene, Hawthorn, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Menyanthes trifoliata, Hypericum perforatum, and Breckland thyme are the most popular herbs in Phytomedicine (Radusiene, 2015). The trade of herbs and plants in Latvia is somewhat similar to Lithuania. As reported by Trade Map, the main importers of herbs, medicinal plants are Germany, Lithuania, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark. The total value that these countries imported from Latvia in 2016 were 86,864,000 US Dollar. On the contrary, the biggest exporters that Latvia imports herbs and medicinal plants are Lithuania, Poland, Kazakhstan, Germany, and Sweden. The total value of the countries exporting to Latvia in 2016 was valued at 46,014,000 US Dollar (International Trade Centre (ITC), n.d.). Herbs that are collected and marketed the most are as follows: Achillea millefolium, Bidens tripartite, Thymus serpyllum, and Hypericum perforatum. The domestic vegetation in Estonia is made up of around 1500 vascular plants (plants that has conducting tissue) and herbs. The traditions of using medicinal and aromatic plants there have deep roots. Nowadays, everyone can easily find much more herbal drugs and herbal teas in this country compared to the rest of European countries (Baricevic, Bernáth, Maggioni & Lipman, 2002). Estonia imports medicinal plants and herbs largely from Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and Denmark. The significant amount of herbs and medicinal plants are exported to Finland, Latvia, Germany, Lithuania, and to Sweden (International Trade Centre (ITC), n.d.). To conclude, it can be seen that the main trade partners regarding herbs and medicinal plants of all three Baltic states are the neighbouring countries, Germany, and Sweden. These countries account for the most amount of money in importing and exporting these raw materials. Sources Baricevic, D., Bernáth, J., Maggioni, L., & Lipman, E. (2002, September 12). Report of a Working Group on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Retrieved from http://archive-ecpgr.cgiar.org/fileadmin/bioversity/publications/pdfs/984_Report_of_a_working_group_on_medicinal_and_aromatic_plants-cache=1415189213.pdf CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (2016, July). CBI Product Factsheet: Fresh Herbs in Europe. Retrieved from https://www.cbi.eu/sites/default/files/market_information/researches/product-factsheet-europe-fresh-herbs-2016_final_approved.pdf Free Image on Pixabay - Herbs, French, Bouquet, Gourmet. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/nl/kruiden-franse-boeket-gourmet-2523119/ International Trade Centre (ITC). (n.d.). Trade Map - Trade statistics for international business development. Retrieved from http://www.trademap.org Radusiene, J. (2015, January 13). Trade, Use and Conservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Lithuania.


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