In Macedonia wild harvesting of medicinal plants from natural habitats remains very popular tradition and practice. There is concern due to the great amount of biomass collected every year; especially regarding plants classified as vulnerable and some classified as threatened. Therefore, is of extraordinary importance to understund how functional it is supplay chain of commercially traded species related to conservation.
Material and Methods
Field work was conducted between June 2004 and July 2016. Information was gathered in 40 local markets from 80 selected selers of medicinal plants all over 60 years by using quantitative market research i.e in-depth interviews.
Results and discussions
A total of 128 medicinal plants belonging to 41 families were recorded. Of them the following species were observed to be in high demand: Achillea millefolium L., Hypericum perforatum L, Mentha piperita L., Sambucus nigra L., Sideritis scardica Griseb., Thymus serpyllum L., and Urtica dioica.
Conclusions and recomendations
Commercial trade plays a significant threat to medicinal plant species.In line with this in Macedonia has made little effort. Therefore, we strongly recomend that the designed list of prioritized species for conservation form this research, to be used by the authoritiesincluded in this issue.
Keywords: Conservation – Medicinal plants – Macedonia.
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