INDIGENOUS TRADITIONAL PLANTS FOR PREPARING ADDED VALUE NEW PRODUCTS WITH DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS

Acronym: BALKFITOPROD
Project ID: ERA 88
Funding including national funding and EC funding:
Total costs: 210,000 SEE-ERA.NET PLUS funding: 139,500
Project duration: 01.10.2010 / 30.09.2012

Summary:
The sound of the project concept is the preservation of traditional aromatic and medicinal plants common in Western Balkan countries, with unique and insufficiently explored potential by using them to prepare new nutritional supplements or hygienically-pharmaceutical products. Aromatic and medicinal plants in the Balkan area are characterized by their unique, pure composition, unaffected by pollution in the over-industrialized areas. The scientific objectives of the project are related to the possibility of exploiting experience and tradition of the three partner countries:Romania, Serbia and Albania in processing, investigating the chemical and biochemical structure, and creating new, original products. Compared to the current state of knowledge the project proposes identifying, isolating and characterizing new active principles, conditioning and preparing nutritional supplements and original hygienic-pharmaceutical and technical products to add value to traditional plant crops. The main estimated results are: Selection of indigenous aromatic and medicinal plants with wide applications, designing new extraction methods and identifying direction of use, new active principles extracted from aromatic and medicinal Balkan area, new nutritional products based on indigenous plant extracts, strategies for aromatic and medicinal plant preservation from Balkan countries. The scientific and technological methods to be applied are based on spectral analysis, GC-MS, HPLC and new membrane techniques. Romania has a rich experience in extracting, characterizing and formulating new nutritional supplements and will extend the experience to Serbian and Albanian partners with the final aim of preserving traditional plant culture and biodiversity. The project will have an economic, ecologic and social impact related to the possibility of expanding cultures, creating added-value products which will contribute to environmental protection and health of population in the area.

Partners involved:

SC HOFIGAL EXPORT- IMPORT SA
SC Hofigal Import Export SA/ Research & Development Department
2, Intrarea Serelor
42124 Bucharest, Romania
Dr. VIORICA TAMAS cercetare_hofigal@yahoo.com

Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana
Faculty of Natural Sciences/Biology Dept. and Chemistry Dept.
Sheshi Nn Tereza
183 Tirana, Albania
Prof. Ilirjan Malollari ilir.malo@excite.com

R&D NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TEXTILE& LEATHER
Division Leather and Footwear Research Institute
93, Ion Minulescu
31215 Bucharest, Romania
Dr. DEMETRA SIMION demetra.simion@yahoo.com

Medical Faculty in Kragujevac
Department of Medical Faculty
69, Svetozara Markovica
34 000 Kragujevac, Serbia
Prof. SLOBODAN JANKOVIC slobnera@eunet.yu