What is it about?

Medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) are plants used not only as medicines or seasoning items sensu stricto, but also in the overlapping fields of food, medicine and cosmetics manufacturing.

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Why is it important?

It is not easy guessing how tendencies of globalisation and regionalisation will affect land use in the near future. In fragile ecosystems, regionalisation, calling attention to local products and maintenance of cultural landscapes, could be the most feasible solution for future land use.


The cultivation of MAPs in the Mediterranean may be a means of meeting demands for plant-based drugs and herbal remedies, but it is also a means for alleviating harvest pressure on wild plants

Universita degli Studi di Palermo

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This page is a summary of: The scent of Mare Nostrum : medicinal and aromatic plants in Mediterranean soils, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, March 2012, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.5630.
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