Research

Supercritical CO2 extraction and enzyme-modification of leaf waxes from brassica waste to produce novel film antitranspirants for increasing crop drought tolerance

Description

Novel waxes produced by supercritical CO2 extraction and enzymic modification will be evaluated for efficacy as film antitranspirants to reduce plant water loss when applied to droughted crop plants. Waste-derived novel waxes have potential as more-effective and cheaper alternatives to the current high-cost pine resin-based film antitranspirant products. The results will be considered for potential commercial translation by the feedstock supplier and by a global agrochemical manufacturer.

Funding Body

BBSRC FoodWasteNet

Lead Organisation

Harper Adams University

Partners

Bangor University, Freshtime Ltd

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