GERMPLASM OF MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS FROM ITALY
Prior to 1945 Italy could be listed among the countries producing and exporting officinal plants; conversely it now depends on imports from abroad for about 90% of its requirements, including those species which find their natural habitat on Italian soil.
Many of these species originated in the Mediterranean are threatened of genetic erosion, hence the safeguard of this germplasm has become an important task. For this group of plant, it appears that in situ conservation is the most logical solution. In addition to this, regional centres