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Researchers at Oklahoma State University and Ambient Temperature Extraction Partners work using low temperature and low pressure to extract oils from plants providing producers with two usable products. This process uses 100 percent of the plant.
Activities involve natural products and nutraceuticals; mechanisms involved in shelf life extension of horticultural products; processing technologies for adding value to horticultural commodities; new crops and crop improvement. Projects involving nutraceuticals have included capsaicinoids in peppers, lycopene from watermelon, thujone/camphor from sage and thymol/caracrol from oregano. Current projects target nutraceuticals from Eastern Red Cedar and grape pomace, both underutilized Oklahoma resources.
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