The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) is seeking grant proposals for a study to determine the status of wild populations of Ligusticum porteri, commonly known as osha.
Found in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain states, osha root is claimed to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-microbial effects.
The need for protection of the osha root supply cannot be determined due to a lack of verifiable scientific data on the vigor or decline of wild populations plus factors that could enhance or threaten their survival, said the foundation.
Where is it, how much is out there, how best to ensure it stays there
Interested parties are invited to submit a one- to two-page concept paper for a proposal that would help determine where it grown, how much of it there is, how sustainable harvest practices are, plus recommendations on how best to ensure its survival.
Other common names for osha include Colorado cough root, Porter's lovage, Porter's licorice-root, Porter's wild lovage, loveroot, bear medicine, bear root, mountain lovage, Indian parsley, mountain ginseng, nipo, and chuchupate.
Concept papers are to be submitted to AHPA chief science officer Dr Steven Dentali via email. Submissions are due by March 30.