Prioritization of the ecologic cultivation of certain species which are less spread, but have multiple potential uses (culinary, medicinal, melliferous, decorative)
The aim of the study was to assess the biomass yield and the volatile oil content accrued by certain plant species that can be used for culinary, medicinal and melliferous purposes, or even for animal feed. Our interest was to compare two different cultivation systems, ecologic (organic) and conventional. Local cultivars and populations of Origanum vulgare, Thymus vulgaris, Ocimum basilicum, Melissa officinalis, Allium ursinum and Vigna radiata species were harvested from both in the wild and from cultivated crops. Randomized experimental parcels were placed in an ecological system, in a polygon certified for organic agriculture, where, conformant to European laws, no chemical treatments were applied. Randomized parcels, of the same size, were also placed in a conventional system. Observations and investigations were made regarding the morphological and physiological characteristics of the biologic material from the two cultivated systems. The obtained results reveal the potential of the investigated species to play an extensive role due to their multiple potential uses, as well as due to their suitability for organic cultivation.
Brezeanu, C., Brezeanu, P.M., Ambarus, S., Robu, T. and Dobrescu, A. (2016). Prioritization of the ecologic cultivation of certain species which are less spread, but have multiple potential uses (culinary, medicinal, melliferous, decorative). Acta Hortic. 1125, 91-98
cultivation system, yield, quality, benefits