Team news

A new article on socio-cultural significance of yerba maté among Syrian residents and diaspora has been published!

Yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis A.St.-Hil., Aquifoliaceae) consumption is commonly associated with some parts of South America; but do you know that Syria is the world’s second-largest importer of yerba mate?

The unique story of yerba maté in the Syrian beverage culture started at the beginning of the twentieth century when Syrian migrants returning from South America brought the beverage with them. The actual paper in Economic Botany investigates the social and cultural importance of this beverage among Syrian residents and diaspora, and analyzes the reasons and motives behind the yerba maté consumption in Syria, thousands of kilometres away from its centre of origin.

New paper published on composition and quality of munyele-nyele, mongongo and mubula oils!

 The actual paper published in the journal Molecules presents results on the chemical and qualitative properties of the three tree species’ oils used in Zambia.

News from the Herbarium! We are working on restoring our herbarium collection

Some time ago, we moved our plant specimen collection to a new herbarium located on the 2nd floor of the FTA building. Currently, we are working on restoration/conservation of the specimens using the mounting material of archival quality and on the cataloging of the collection. We would like to express our thanks to all colleagues of the TRIBE team for their enthusiasm and great help.

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