The Ethnobotany and Medicinal Properties of Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) in Labrador and Potential Applications in Community-Based Nutraceutical Marketing Enterprises
Recent ethnobotanical studies in Arctic and Sub-Arctic communities have indicated a resurgence of interest in the traditional use of plants as medicine, as well as in their potential as economic products. However, scientific research on the medicinal potential of plants native to Labrador is virtually nonexistent. This project investigated the biology as well as the medicinal and economic potential of rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), an arctic medicinal plant native to coastal ecosystems of Labrador, for the development of a sustainable local enterprise with benefits for participating Nunatsiavut Inuit communities. Both field and lab studies were used to determine the best cultivators for future cultivation. A Business Opportunity Analysis for potential community-based enterprise in Nunatsiavut was written and submitted to the Nunatsiavut Government (NG). Discussions with the NG Economic Development Department representatives and a MUN Business professor are underway to explore potential collaborations.
30 Nov -0001
Harris Centre - The Applied Research Fund ArcticNet
Strategic Research Theme
Arctic and Northern Regions
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery