The Bio-Xplore project is funded by the European Union through the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)and is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The multilateral cross-border cooperation "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme" is part of the new European Neighbourhood Policy and of its financing instrument (ENPI) for the 2007-2013 period: it includes the European Union and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and it aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union (EU) and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. For more information about ENPI CBC MED:
European Union
The European Union The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. For more information about EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world:
Rutgers University, United States
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and thestate’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Founded in 1766, the heart of Rutgers' mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Department of Plant Biology & Pathology focuses on Botanical therapeutics: discovery, characterization and development; Novel functional foods and botanical food ingredients and serves as the headquarters of the Global Institute for BioExploration. GIBEX is a global research and development network that promotes ethical, natural product-based pharmacological bioExploration to benefit human health and the environment
North Carolina University, United State
N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) consists of Research and Cooperative Extension programs that create a dynamic presence at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. The institute's mission is to discover and deliver innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health. Research on fruits, vegetables and herbal crop plants as well as wild plants aims to enhance the health-protective value of dietary produce and has the potential to increase the economic impact of agriculture. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State supports faculty from the departments of horticultural science; food, bioprocessiong and nutrition sciences; genetics; plant biology; agricultural and resource economics; and communications. This transdisciplinary interaction strengthens the efforts of individual faculty and positions the institute to be a global leader in cutting-edge biotechnology research.
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Global Institute for Bio Exploration GIBEX
The Global Institute for BioExploration (GIBEX) is a global research and development network that promotes ethical, natural product-based pharmacological bioexploration to benefit human health and the environment in developing countries and recently through an EU funded programme, ENPI Cross Border Cooperation Mediterranean Sea Basin Area, in the Mediterranean Region. GIBEX was established by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both are leading US universities with strong records of building successful international programs in discovering and developing life-saving medicines.
Forest Technology Centre of Catalonia Spain
The Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC), based in Solsona (Lleida, Spain), began life in 1996 in the form of a consortium. Its dynamic has been characterised by growth meaning that nowadays the institution has more than a hundred professionals on its staff, including scientists, technicians, students on work placements and administrative staff, and it enjoys the support of administrations, institutions and companies that help with its day-to-day work.

This activity carried on by the CTFC fits into its institutional mission, which is to contribute to the modernisation and competitiveness of the forestry sector, rural development and the sustainable management of the environment through research, training and technology and knowledge transfer to society.

Bioxplorer benefits from the colaboration with the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC). Specifically the researchers of the department of “Non wood Forest Products” and “Ecology and management of Silvopastoral systems” bring their expertise and knowledge in traditional uses of medicinal plants and plant biodiversity. CTFC will bring its expertise in the selection of different habitats and localities for plant sampling in Catalonia given their extended background in the topic.

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