EthnoHERBS is the acronym of the latest research European project of APIVITA which aims to apply systematic ethnobotanical surveys and cutting edge technologies in the field of Natural Product Chemistry in order to fully and efficiently exploit the traditional knowledge and the therapeutic potential of medicinal and aromatic plants of the Balkan Peninsula and especially of Greece.

The consortium consists of seven academic and eight industrial partners, which under the coordination of Dr. Nektarios Aligiannis, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry (Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Athens), will join forces and exchange know-how through an extended secondments scheme to advance Research & Innovation:

  • Academic partners: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GREECE), University of Belgrade (SERBIA), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BULGARIA), Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze (ITALY), Institut Dr Josif Pancic (SERBIA), Universidade Do Minho (PORTUGAL), Benaki Phytopathological Institute (GREECE)
  • Non-academic partners: Zurko Research (SPAIN), Indena SPA (ITALY), Apivita (GREECE), Novamechanics Limited (CYPRUS), Associacao Universidade Empresa Para Desenvolvimento Tecminho (PORTUGAL), Venus Roses Lab Solutions (BULGARIA), EURO HERBS Doo (SERBIA), Galen-N (BULGARIA).

The duration of the project is four years and has a total budget of 2.447.200 €.

The scientific concept of EthnoHERBS involves the Conservation of European Biodiversity through Exploitation of Traditional Herbal Knowledge for the Development of Innovative Products.

The cornerstone of ‘EthnoHERBS’ project is the exploitation of traditional knowledge, the investigation of plant biodiversity and the application of eco-friendly technologies for the efficient extraction and purification of bioactive ingredients, as well as their complete chemical characterization and biological evaluation of their effects on skin disorders. Optimization of production processes as well as formulation using emerging technologies will lead to the development of novel final products for APIVITA. The organic cultivation of selected plants will ensure the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainability of the project.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 under grant agreement No 823973.