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Natural Products, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Laboratory

On site research laboratories are working in essential oil extraction, plant monitoring, biological screening, constituent analysis, tissue culture production, food additives, psychotherapy activities, traditional uses, and human disease control. Translation services available. Professional contacts throughout the world and can furnish both local and international service.

Department(s): 

Plant Soil and Insect Sciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Lyle E. Craker

Resources: 

Greenhouses, Environmentally controlled chambers

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Food Biophysics and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Capabilities of the Food Bionphysics and Nanotechnology (FBNL) include the formation and preparation of nanoparticles and nanofibers from food biopolymers using techniques such as electrospinning and ultrafiltration. The FBNL develops nanoscalar encapsulation systems, delivery mechanisms for bioactives and antimicrobials. Other areas of research interest include biofilm remediation, surfactant and detergents in foods, high-intensity ultrasonication. Off-campus clients may access FBNL instrumentation and expertise by arrangemeent with the Lab director.

Department(s): 

Food Science

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Jochen Weiss

Location: 

234 Chenoweth Laboratory

Resources: 

texture analyzer (Instron), dynamic surface tension and contact angle analyzer (Kruess), dynamic mechanical analyzer (Seiko), spiral plater (biotek), microplate array spectrophotometer (Biotek)

Availability: 

Public

Research: