VALORISING MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS FROM THE CENTRAL AREA OF THE ANINEI MOUNTAINS (CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY) PUBLISHEDIlinca Merima IMBREA, Alma NICOLIN, Fl. IMBREA
Research was carried out in the grassland area of the Aninei Mountains, in the central part of the mountains. The goal of the present paper is, on one hand, to identify medicinal and aromatic plants of value in the area and, on the other hand, to determine the amount of dry vegetal product recommended to be harvested. Though harvesting medicinal and aromatic plants from the spontaneous flora and their valorisation is a frequent practice in Romania, research in the field (that concern the mapping of spontaneous medicinal plants over wide areas) these last decades is absent, reason why they cannot estimate the amount to be harvested from a certain area. Harvesting medicinal plants from a certain area without knowing the economic potential of the area can result in serious ecologic unbalance or even to species extinction. The topic of the present paper brings forth both the valuable economic potential of spontaneous species and elements of novelty. Thus, the Digital Romania soft included in the GPS (both of which have been acquired through the research contract supporting the present paper) allows precise spotting in the field of the research team, in each working sit, avoiding the mapping of protected areas, while final results can be easily turned into maps corresponding to each of the analysed areas. The working method is the one introduced by Alexan, Bojor and Crăciun in 1983, regarding the economic mapping of medicinal plants.This work has benefited from a grant awarded by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport, through the National Council for Scientific Research in Higher Education (PN II IDEI no. 1077/2009, project code ID-865). Title: „Identifying medicinal and aromatic plants in the Aninei Mountains with a view to valorisation”. Project Manager: Assoc. Prof. PhD Imbrea Ilinca.
medicinal and aromatic plants, spontanous flora, quantitative assessment, Aninei Mountain