An ex situ plantation to conserve the local genetic resources of Z. abelicea, to raise public awareness, to increase opportunities for education/recreation and to provide a “certified” alternative for making traditional “Katsounes” (shepherds’’ walking sticks) was established during the first phase (2014-2016) of the project in Omalos (Lefka Ori) on a field of 4 ha offered by the Municipality of Platanias.
By the end of October 2017, 350 plantlets of Z. abelicea were transplanted. All plantlets were provided by the nursery of CIHEAM-MAICh. The location of the new plantlets was decided onsite among experts of CIHEAM-MAICh and FDC. Wooden sticks were mounted to support the highest plantlets.All news