In the Mediterranean area, the simultaneous occurrence of pedological, climatic and economic constraints often sets a limiton the profitability of agriculture, and farmers are forced to grow a reduced number of species, dealing with a secure – albeitlow – market income. The introduction of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) inside the current farming systems couldrepresent a useful means to meet the multifunctional role of agriculture: producing safe food, in respect of the environment,and contributing to the development of rural areas. The study of the relationships between MAPs and the soils in which theymay be grown may have two approaches: (1) the evaluation of yield and qualitative response of MAPs to the variation of soilfeatures; and (2) the study of selective recovery of certain elements (toxic and beneficial), and their subsequent release in herbalproducts. In many MAPs, significant variations of plant characteristics have been ascertained with varying soil traits, and theselective recovery and subsequent release in food of certain elements have been demonstrated. Hence, great attention mustbe paid to the choice of soil and cropping strategies, to obtain satisfactory yields of high quality and best-priced products,respecting their safety and nutritional value.
|Numero di pagine||20|
|Rivista||Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2012|
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