The nutritional and medicinal properties of Sea Buckthorn have been known since the ancient times. Following a fierce battle, for example, injured horses survived by eating Sea Buckthorn. With excellent nutritional qualities and an ability to thrive in the harshest of conditions, its economic potential for Europe and Asia is just waiting to be tapped into. The deciduous shrub, also known as Seaberry grows predominantly along coastal regions and has seen a wide variety of applications. It has curative properties used in many ulcerative and inflammation-related disorders such as canker sores, ulcerative colitis, cervicitis and peptic ulcers.
THE CROP WITH A HEALTHY DIVIDEND
The attraction of Sea Buckthorn lies in the fact that the berries of this versatile plant are amongst the most nutritious and vitamin-rich fruits. In fact, it contains the largest source of pro-vitamin A (carotene), tocopherols (Vitamin E) and flavonoids. It is third in Vitamin C content and is rich in other vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B9, F and K, as well as fruit acids and minerals. With the increasing popularity of cosmetics based on natural products, Sea Buckthorn is ready to exploit this growing niche in the market. With its remarkably high content of essential fatty acids like Omega 3, phytosterols and vegetable oils, Sea Buckthorn contains some of the most important ingredients for the cosmetics industry.
Several studies conducted over numerous decades have confirmed that the plant possesses more than 190 bio-active compounds. What makes it even more appealing as a plant for cultivation is that it is able to thrive in areas of extreme temperatures, salinity and high pH levels. As a result, it is also healthy for the soil and is used in China to revitalise degraded soils from mining activities, as well as offering protection from wind and water erosion.
ANCIENT CULTURES SHARE WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE
The benefits of Sea Buckthorn have been long known. Theophrastus, the father of Botany, mentioned it, as did Dioskorid who supposedly prescribed it to the Roman armies. A whole continent away, during the Tang Dynasty, the book of The Four Tantras wrote about its medicinal uses.
Now these two ancient cultures of Europe and Asia are combining their experiences and knowledge for the mutual benefit and profit of both their regions.
COLLABORATIVE SOWING OF THE SEEDS
EAN-SEABUCK creates a unique win-win situation by establishing a cooperation network between Europe and Asia for the sustainable cultivation and utilisation of Sea Buckthorn. The key to this collaboration lies in the fact that while Europe, predominately Germany and Romania, are leaders in the commercialisation of Sea Buckthorn, its overall expansion is restricted by the limited access to the berry.
Meanwhile, Asia and Russia are abundant with Sea Buckthorn crops but lack the resources and the knowledge required to process and add value to the crops. This proposal therefore utilises the positive environmental, nutritional, economic and social effects that are engendered by the sustainable cultivation of Sea Buckthorn.
As a result, the partners cooperate throughout the project and all results will be exploited In the frame of their business agreements. The mobilisation of the scientific and technological capacity of the EU serve to benefit and create better relations with these regions.
List of Partners
- Technologie-Transfer- Zentrum Bremerhaven, TTZBremerhaven (Germany)
- NIG Nahrungs- Ingenieurtechnik (Germany)
- International Centre of Research and Training on Sea Buckthorn ICRTS (China)
- Northern Research Institute of Forestry (Russia)
- Full title:
- Nutritional and establishment of European-Asian network for the development of strategies to enhance the sustainable use of sea buckthorn
- Contract n°:
- Project co-ordinator:
- Maria Hermoso,
Verein Zur Foerderung Des Technologietransfers An Der Hochschule Bremerhaven
- EC Scientific Officer:
- Jean-François Maljean,
- EU contribution:
- € 501,666
- Specific Support Action