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The R&D history of aromatic plants in Israel: A personal and national perspective

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After an administrative decision by Israel's Ministry of Agriculture to initiate a research and development program on aromatic plants in Israel, the first commercial product to result was dry herbs, in the early 1980s. A few years later, production of essential oils and fresh herbs was started. Later on, new products derived from aromatic plants were developed, among them seeds, potted plants, tea bags, and antioxidants. All these products are based on our R&D, with intensive cooperation with farmers, extension services, and export companies. Research and development at Newe Ya'ar has made aromatic plants a big success among the vegetable products of Israel. This paper tries to give, from a personal and national perspective, the R&D history of aromatic plants in Israel.

Affiliations: 1: Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Section, Newe Ya'ar Research Center


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