Little-known lentisk tree takes the spotlight in new MEDLENTISK project

New MEDLENTISK project from AIFM promotes the exchange of good practices around the Mediterranean on the little-known lentisk tree and its vegetable oil.

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Fruiting lentisk tree
Photo: Alain Chaudron.

The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM) and its 5 partners are pleased to announce the launch of MEDLENTISK project to the EFI Network.

This project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, aims to promote the exchange of good practices around the Mediterranean on the little-known lentisk tree and its vegetable oil. It is still produced in a traditional way, which influences the yield and quality of the extracted product. The composition and therapeutic virtues of this oil have also been little studied, even though this shrub is found throughout the Mediterranean area and seems to have significant qualities.

In order to do so, 6 partners from the South, East and North of the Mediterranean Sea have come together to improve interest and access to scientific and practical knowledge on lentisk tree’s oil:

  • AIFM (France), coordinator
  • University of Cagliari (Italia)
  • Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece)
  • National Institute for Research in Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry (Tunisia)
  • Technical University of Bursa (Turkey)
  • Provence Model Forest Association (France)

The partners will meet 3 times to increase their level of knowledge on mastic trees, to exchange good practices and challenges, and to discuss the problems and difficulties of this sector.

Best practices will be identified, their synthesis and translation will then be summarised in easy-to-understand formats for good dissemination to all stakeholders. The results of the exchanges will be shared during a side event to be organised at a forthcoming international meeting on Mediterranean forests.

For any questions, remarks or interest on the MEDLENTISK project, please feel free to contact Anaïs Loudières, AIFM Coordinator: anais.loudieres@aifm.org

You can also learn more by visiting the project webpage.