Principal investigator of AHPA-ERB Foundation-funded goldenseal harvest study presents research

August 4, 2022

Katie Commender, Agroforestry Program Director at Appalachian Sustainable Development, recently presented on the Goldenseal Sustainable Harvest Study funded by the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) at two international conferences.

As principal investigator of the project, Commender delivered her presentation entitled "Conservation of at-risk medicinal forest herbs: sustainable harvest and propagation of goldenseal in the Appalachian Mountains” at the Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on July 19 and again at the World Congress on Agroforestry in Québec City in Québec, Canada on August 1.

“With thousands of pounds of goldenseal required by herbal products companies annually to meet growing demand, there is a critical need for sustainable sourcing,” explained Commender in her presentation abstract. “Results from this project will be used to better understand population recovery and sustainable harvest levels relative to harvest intensity, initial plant size, population density, and season of harvest, and to assess rhizome propagation as a sustainable management practice for goldenseal and other medicinal forest herbs.”

Funding for this crucial research on goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is made possible by the AHPA-ERB Foundation and the generous contributions of the following donors committed to supporting the long-term viability of the species:

To learn more about the goldenseal study and to donate in support of the project, please visit the AHPA-ERB Foundation online.




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