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Cultivation, selection and conservation of oregano species in Israel
Year:
1996
Authors :
Dudai, Nativ
;
.
Putievsky, Eli
;
.
Ravid, Uzi
;
.
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From page:
102
To page:
109
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Total pages:
8
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Abstract:

Two species of oregano, Origanum vulgare L. and O. syriacum L. (syn. Majorana syriaca L. = ’za’atar’ in Arabic), are grown commercially in Israel for use as fresh and dry herbs. The two species have been selected from wild populations originating from Israel and Greece. Their combined export value is estimated at US$ 3 million per year. Another species of oregano, O. dayi, is reported to grow spontaneously in the northern part of the Negev; this species is a rather rare taxon and has never been cultivated. The selection of high-quality cultivated varieties has been a result of the availability of large genetic diversity gathered during extensive germplasmcollecting missions targeting wild Origanum populations. Because of the very small size of oregano seeds, the species’ perennial habit and the fact that the plant is harvested more than once in a year, the crop is propagated by stem cuttings planted directly in the field. In Israel, oregano germplasm collections are conserved both as living plants and as seed.

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Language:
English
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38632
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Cultivation, selection and conservation of oregano species in Israel
Cultivation, selection and conservation of oregano species in Israel

Two species of oregano, Origanum vulgare L. and O. syriacum L. (syn. Majorana syriaca L. = ’za’atar’ in Arabic), are grown commercially in Israel for use as fresh and dry herbs. The two species have been selected from wild populations originating from Israel and Greece. Their combined export value is estimated at US$ 3 million per year. Another species of oregano, O. dayi, is reported to grow spontaneously in the northern part of the Negev; this species is a rather rare taxon and has never been cultivated. The selection of high-quality cultivated varieties has been a result of the availability of large genetic diversity gathered during extensive germplasmcollecting missions targeting wild Origanum populations. Because of the very small size of oregano seeds, the species’ perennial habit and the fact that the plant is harvested more than once in a year, the crop is propagated by stem cuttings planted directly in the field. In Israel, oregano germplasm collections are conserved both as living plants and as seed.

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