Prof. Everaldo Attard

Prof. Everaldo Attard

Prof. Everaldo Attard


Associate Professor

Rural Sciences Farmhouse
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2321
Dr. Attard graduated with honours in pharmacy at the University of Malta (1994) and later furthered his studies on Maltese aromatic and medicinal plants by undertaking a M.Sc. in Agricultural and Veterinary Pharmacy (1995). He furthered his specialization and obtained a Doctorate in Agriculture from the same University in 2001. He was employed with the University as a research assistant (1995) and in 1998 appointed within the academic stream. Dr. Attard was a part-time consultant with the Department of Plant Health (2000-2004). In 2007 he was officially recognised by the Medicines Authority and appointed as the herbal consultant in assessing herbal medicinal products. Since then, he has been the Maltese delegate on the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products and the Homeopathic Medicinal Products Working Group.

Dr. Attard has been lecturing in several areas related to medicinal plants and agricultural chemistry at the ex-Institute of Agriculture, Division of Rural Sciences and Food Systems within the Institute of Earth Systems and the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta. Through the Erasmus Staff Exchange Programme, Dr. Attard has lectured at several agricultural institutions including the Universities of Udine and Bologna. He is also an academic at the James Madison University.
Since his employment with the University of Malta, he supervised several dissertations at the Diploma, B.Sc., B.Pharm. and M.Sc. levels related to the field of medicinal plants and agricultural products.

Dr. Attard is the author/coauthor of twenty papers and articles in renowned peer-reviewed medicinal plant journals, seven articles in professional journals and three book chapters. He has delivered several presentations at various conferences both at national and international levels. He has been granted several projects. He is currently managing six projects at national and EU level. In 2004 he received an international award.

Dr. Attard has also attended several conferences, seminars and workshops related to medicinal plants and plant health issues. He represents Malta in the Medicinal WG within ECP-genetic resources and within AARINENA. He is a member of several learned societies within Europe and North America.
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Herb Science
  • Agricultural products

Attard, E. 2010, "Squirting cucumber seeds: use of extracts from Ecballium elaterium seeds in health. " in Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention, eds. V.R. Preedy, R.R. Watson & V.B. Patel, 1st edn, Elsevier Inc., USA, pp. 1400.

Attard, E. & Cuschieri, A. 2009, "In vitro immunomodulatory activity of various extracts of Maltese plants from the Asteraceae family.", Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 457-461.

Attard, E. & Vella, K. 2009, "The Effects of Ephedrine and Ephedra fragilis Crude Extracts on Human Peripheral Lymphocytes", Pharmacognosy Research, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 38-42.

Attard, E. & Attard, H. 2008, "Antitrypsin activity of extracts from Ecballium elaterium seeds", Fitoterapia, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 226-228.

Mangion Randon, A. & Attard, E. 2007, "The in vitro Immunomodulatory Activity of Oleuropein, a Secoiridoid Glycoside from Olea europaea L.", Natural Product Communications, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 515-519.

Attard, E. & Attard, H. 2006, "The Potential Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitory Activity of Oleanolic Acid in the Hydroethanolic Extract of Crataegus monogyna Jacq.", Natural Product Communications, vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 381-386.

Attard, E., Brincat, M.P. & Cuschieri, A. 2005, "Immunomodulatory activity of cucurbitacin E isolated from Ecballium elaterium.", Fitoterapia, vol. 76, pp. 439-441.

Attard, E. & Vujicic, R. 2005, "Physical and Phytochemical Variations in calluses derived from Ecballium elaterium in Tissue Culture", Crop Research, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 163-168.

Attard, E., Scicluna-Spiteri, A., Cuschieri, A. & Brincat, M.P. 2004, "The Effects of Cucurbitacin E on Two Lymphocyte Models in vitro", Pharmaceutical Biology, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 170-175.

Attard, E. & Scicluna-Spiteri, A. 2001, "Ecballium elaterium: An in vitro Source of Cucurbitacins", Fitoterapia, vol. 72, pp. 46-53.

  • AGR2560 - Systematics, Conservation and Ethnobotany
  • AGR2561 - Phytochemistry: Production, Processing and Standardisation
  • AGR2562 - Herb Utilisation
  • EMP1016 - Biology and Chemistry for Earth Systems Science
  • IMS5011 - Maltese Agriculture, Foodstuffs and Cuisine
  • PHR3208 - Pharmacognosy and Natural Products
  • PHR5030 - Qualified Person Requirements: Pharmacognosy
  • RFS1001 - Introduction to Academic Skills in Rural Sciences
  • RFS1200 - Chemistry for the Rural Sciences
National and EU-funded projects
a) University Research Funds Allocation 2007, for a Project entitled “The
characterisation of Maltese Honey: Botanical, Physiochemical and Pharmacological
Evaluation” – January 2008 [R36- 31-336]
b) MCST R&I Special Project 2008-01 - VOTIVVOM - Valorisation of the
indigenous vine varieties of Malta: Conservation, Assessment and Innovation [R&I-
Innovation in the Teaching of Sustainable Development in Life Sciences in Europe” –
September 2010 [177267-LLP-1-2010-1-FR-ERASMUS]
d) PO Italia-Malta 2007-2013 project – PROMED – La Protezione dell'ambiente
nelle Isole del Mediterraneo attraverso la Valorizzazione di un Sistema Colturale
Arboreo - March 2010 [A1.1.1-42]
e) Med Programme – 2007-2013 project – CypFire - Multiple-rowed cypress
barriers against fires: a feasible, ecological and economical solution for the
protection of Mediterranean Regions. June 2010 [2G-Med09-70]
f) Research & Innovation Programme 2010 project entitled Molecular
Characterization and Authentication of Maltese Honey (MolCAMH) – May 2011 [R&I-
g) University Research Funds Allocation 2012, for a Project entitled “The use
of IN VITRO gas test technique to predict the efficiency of food digestibility in
patients who underwent colostomy/ileostomy surgery” – January 2012

International awards
The International Crop Research Award for the year 2004 by the Gaurav Society of
the Agricultural Research Information Centre.

The patent has been granted with effect from the filing date in accordance with
Article 24(2) of the Patents and Designs Act 2000 (MALTA) PAT/3376 Skat Limited -
Filing date: 30 Mar 06 (Incorporated in Malta) - BIO-ETHANOL PRODUCTION (72)
Inventor(s): Marie Therese Triganza and Dr. Everaldo Attard – The Malta Government
Gazette 9th January 2007, p. 96.