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Research Project: Cuphea as a Potential Source of Lauric Acid for Personal Care Products

Location: Soil Management Research

Project Number: 3645-21220-005-03
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: Jun 11, 2010
End Date: Apr 30, 2014

Objective:
Successfully produce Cuphea wrightii as a source of C12:0 (lauric acid) seed oil.

Approach:
The intern will study effects of seeding depth on the establishment of Cuphea wrightii, whose seed is a rich source of lauric acid, a valued plant oil for cosmetic and personal care product manufacturing. Additionally, the intern will develop and study different methods of harvesting C. wrightii and determine most optimum approach. The intern will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining research plots.

Last Modified: 9/1/2014
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