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Development of new products from plant material for health improvement and cosmetics

The evaluation of biological activity of processing by-products from more widely grown japanese quince and black currant cultivars.

The aim of the project is to develop new, easily obtainable products of plant origin on the base of by-product unutilized in production till now, as well as to create technological initial data for the organization of wider production of new food and perfumery products. The goal of the project foresees to include different plant crops. It is planned to perform research mainly on Japanese quince and black currants in Latvia, in cooperation with foreign partner. Breeding of Japanese quince for fruit started in Latvia, Pure in 1950ies and continued at Latvia State Institute of Fruit-Growing (LSIFG) since 1990ies. There was not a big demand for these products in the local market. To develop the research of Japanese quince, project of European Union Framework Programme "Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) - a new European fruit crop for production of juice, flavour and fibre" was performed during 1998-2001. New products were developed at LSIFG after that. By using processing technologies some by-products are left unutilized - nonstandard fruits, seeds and cores. There is not enough research on the relationship of standard and nonstandard fruit; about their possible utilization. Growing area of this valuable crop will increase only when a full cycle of Japanese quince fruit processing technology will be developed. Essential plant oils are widely used in the production of cosmetic products. Fruit of Japanese quince contain many seeds: in average 5-9 % of fresh fruit weight. These seeds remain after juice extraction and are not utilized till now. The seed oil consists of unsaturated fatty acids: oleynic and linolic acids, in total 80-90 % of all fatty acids. There is a lack of research on the utilization of Japanese quince seeds. There is also no data on the resistance of seed oil to oxidation, stability of keeping it and data of the other physically-chemical traits. It is planned to develop new cosmetic products using seed oil of Japanese quince. Black currants as a traditional crop are widely grown in Latvia. The main problem regarding black currant is sale and marketing of the produce, since the offered processing products - juice and jam are not in big demand. There is a by-product - mash left unutilized after juice pressing. This mash is rich in biologically active compounds like fiber, solvent in water and nonsolvent in water. Fiber has a very important role in many functions of human body. It is necessary to research the content and possibilities on how to use this mash.As a result of the project implementation it is planned to develop 3 different food supplements containing fiber, which would be nonsolvent in water: 1. Mixture of different fibers in a form of powder (mixture which contains 40 % of black currant fiber nonsolvent in water); 2. Pure black currant fiber in capsules made of cellulose - 100 % natural plant product; 3. Black currant fiber with lacto bacteria. Fiber of black currant in this product will be as a culture medium for lacto bacteria in the intestinal canal. Also a new cosmetic cream is planned from processing by-products of black currants. Besides the main participant LSIFG several partners are involved in the project from Latvia: the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry of Riga Technical University, "Silvanols" Ltd and "Aptiekas Produkcija" Ltd. The other participants are scientists from Belgrade University, Serbia. The main participant will evaluate Japanese quince and black currant cultivars, by-product and mash biochemical content, evaluate drying and cutting up regimes of mash. The other participant from Serbia will evaluate the effect of Japanese quince and black currant mash extract components on viability of different microorganisms in the obtained products. The partner from the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry of Riga Technical University (RTU) will perform seed oil extraction technologies; analyze seed oil from Japanese quince, as well as evaluate the effect of seed oil from Japanese quince on the oxidative stability of hemp and canola oil."Silvanols" Ltd. will create recipes and analytical methods for new cosmetic creams containing Japanese quince seed oil, develops industrial production technologies, make packaging design, produce experimental series, create marketing and sales plans. The specialists of "Aptiekas produkcija" Ltd. will develop ways of using these new products, produce experimental series of them, analyze, elaborate and specify them, prepare notification documents, as well as the marketing plans. Cooperation agreement among the partners will be concluded in the case of project confirmation. The intellectual property obtained will be divided as property of research institutions and enterprises. Total planned costs of the project are 108 138.87 EUR among them of Latvian participants 98 890.15 EUR (State budget funding - 74 167.61 EUR, proper investments 24 722.54 EUR).
Acronym: 
PLANTCOSMEHEL
Project ID: 
6 240
Start date: 
01-12-2010
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
300 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Biochemistry / Biophysics
Market Area: 
Health and beauty aids

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