Mastic trees: Modern propagation and cultivation techniques


Short description

The educational program is designed and implemented by the Laboratory of Floriculture, Department of Agriculture, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in collaboration with the Chios Gum Mastic Growers Association and the Region of North Aegean. The scientific team is framed by a number of experienced professors of the University, whose coordinator is the Assistant Professor Mr. Stefanos Hatzilazarou.

The specific training program for the propagation - cultivation of mastic trees, will prepare two groups of 24 young people, who will develop into trained mastic growers. Upon completion of the program, trainees will be the new leaders in the profession and will be able to support the propagation and cultivation of mastic trees, applying both the results of studies and best practices applied internationally and in other related species.

The training program lasts 120 hours, of which 90 hours is theory and 30 hours is practice in propagation.

At the end of the program a Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants.

Objective of the Program

The main goal of the program is to be a good starting point for young mastic growers, who will then be able to successfully practice and develop their business.


Target Audience

Participants should be :

  • 18-40 years old (or 41-55 if the previous group is not completed)
  • Members of the Chios Gum Mastic Growers Association
  • Willing to participate in the training program (at least 90% attendance) and interested in mastic trees cultivation.



The curriculum includes the following topics (indicatively):

  • Propagation of mastic trees
  • Biodiversity - Organic and integrated agriculture - Sustainable development
  • Mastic tree diseases - treatment
  • Medicinal properties and mechanisms of mastic biosynthesis
  • Molecular control of mastic products
  • Uses of plant biostimulants - fertilization - mycorrhizae
  • Weed management methods in mastic crops
  • Innovative marketing strategies - European Union funding - enhancing of collaborative culture


Areas of activation of the 2021-22 training round



Duration of action

14 months (beginning October 2021, ending November 2022)
Attendance is mandatory. If face to face training is not possible, the lessons will be done online.The courses will take place 2 to 4 days each month, while in August and September there will be no courses and activities (to facilitate the production of mastic) as in December, January and February (due to covid-19 ).


Additional Information

Laboratory of Floriculture A.U.Th.

Stefanos Hatzilazarou

Tel: 2310990308


Stefanos Kostas

Tel: 2310991775