Ethnobotany Expedition in the Balkans

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Ethnobotany Expedition in the Balkans

Expedition Has – June 2022

Support us this summer on expedition in the rugged mountains of the Balkans! The Quave Research Group and Emory University Herbarium is joining forces with an expert team of eight research partners from Kosovo, Italy, Spain, the UK, and USA to undertake a research mission to study medicinal plants from the high montane Has region across the Albanian and Kosovar border! We need to raise $10,000 to make this expedition possible.

This region is the rock garden of Europe—there’s a lot of mountain. Local people collect wild plants from the mountains for use as food and medicine throughout the year. Like billions of people across the globe, here, plants serve as the main source of medicine. Wild plants are also collected as part of an expansive trade network, and are sold down the mountains eventually ending up as ingredients in dietary supplements and personal care products in Europe, the US, and beyond.

Our Mission

Our mission is two-fold. First, we plan to document and collect samples of plants being used by local people as medicine so that they can be studied in the lab to determine their safety and efficacy. This approach can also lead to the discovery of bioactive molecules from plants that may be developed into new life-saving therapies! Second, we plan to investigate the trade of wild medicinal plants to determine if endangered and toxic species are being sold.

Benefits to Local Stakeholders

We anticipate the following benefits to local stakeholders: 1) Graduate students from the Balkans will gain intensive research training experience in line with our research capacity building mission in the region; 2) Knowledge gained from the project will be returned to local communities in an accessible format of their choice; and 3) Our research findings will be used to make recommendations on the wild harvest of medicinal plants in the region, fostering sustainable pathways for economic development.

Stay Informed

Your gift to the Cassandra Quave, PhD Research; Center for the Study of Human Health fund, no matter the donation level, helps make all aspects of this expedition possible! We’ll keep donors apprised of our progress through regular videos, photos, and short blog posts on our research progress.

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$10

$10

Plant a viral sensation! $10 helps us digitize a plant specimen on the world wide web!

$50

$50

$50 can help us grow a dish of infectious bacteria and test if a plant extract kills it.

$100

$100

A gift of this amount helps us run the robot to tease apart plant chemicals in our lab.

$200

$200

A gift of this amount can help buy lunch and dinner for the entire research team! You’ll dine with us in spirit!

$500

$500

Sweet dreams! $500 helps put a roof over the whole team when we sleep!

$1,000

$1000

Bums on seats! $1,000 helps us pay for a plane tickets.

$1,500

$1500

$1,500 helps to sponsor a Kosovar student’s participation and research training on the expedition.

$1,750

$1,750

Burn some rubber! A gift of this amount helps us rent an SUV that can tackle Albanian mountain peaks.

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