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Expedition to the mountain areas of the Western Balkans

Enhancement of the long-term sustainability of the collection and commercialisation of local medicinal and aromatic plants. In March 2024, representatives of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, in collaboration with colleagues from Rhine-Waal University (Germany) and the University of Gastronomic Sciences

Our paper on a new approach to the typology of farming systems in the Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan has been published

In Kyrgyzstan, most farming systems are based on animal husbandry, which depends on mixtures of crops and pastures around settlements and higher-elevation summer pastures. These farms face the problems of insufficient fodder production and pasture degradation due to overgrazing, resulting in low livestock productivity and reduced household incomes. This study used multivariate analysis to develop a consistent typology of smallholder farms in the Tien Shan mountainous range.

The paper, published in the journal Land, results from a long-term cooperation between the University of Central Asia, Rhine-Waal University and CZU Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (research teams TRIBE and TRACE).

Analyzing data from 235 farm-households and evaluating key classification variables, we identified two distinct farming systems, upper and lower mountain farms, based on socioeconomic and agro-ecological characteristics. Understanding the diversity and types of local farming systems is crucial for setting efficient and suitable policies to enhance livelihood and sustainable use of natural resources.

TRIBE lab has a new Doctor of Philosophy in the team! Congratulations to Dr. Jana Horáčková

Our colleague and friend Jana Horáčková, a member of TRIBE lab since 2019, has recently defended her PhD thesis entitled Ethnobotanical inventory of Peruvian plants used in folk medicine in the Province of Purus, Peru. The thesis results were published in the form of a scientific paper in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (IF=3.404, Q2 in JCR).

Congratulations on behalf of the whole team!

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