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Development and cultivation of local plant resources in Barents region
Kesto: 14-SEP-10 - 31-DEC-14
Increased production of locally produced food and health products based on sustainable natural resources in the Barents region. Strengthen cooperation and social development between institutions and scientists in northern agriculture.
Specific objectives 1.Increase the production of berries and herbs in the Barents region through cultivation, breeding and testing of local varieties of commercial interest and strengthened cooperation between Research and Development institutions and producers within the region. 2.Strengthen the economy in northern agriculture by increasing the focus on adapted plant material and develop new northern fodder grass cultivars for commercial production in the Barents region. 3.Exchange and transfer knowledge and techniques between the countries in the region.
In the Barents region the specific combinations of a growing season characterized by low temperature and 24 hours of light provides growth conditions that cannot be found elsewhere in the world. That is why a genetically adapted plant material to these climatic conditions cannot be found outside this region. Thus it is imperative to make the most of the already available genetic resources. This implies that cross border cooperation is necessary to develop well adjusted plant material for the north. In order to increase the production of berries and herbs in the Barents region there is a need for easier access to the raw material (shorter distance between consumer and picking/processing/production), high quality raw material and a steady supply in larger volumes. Native herbs and berries have traditionally been an important part of the diet in the north and have also been extensively used as medicine. Herbs and berries are also interesting for directed bioprospecting for commercially interesting compounds for other uses. The project will focus on the species bilberry (berry) and Angelica (herb). Results from these species are expected to provide general knowledge which can be transferrable to other species.