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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: A Comparison of the Chemical Properties of Asclepias Seed Oil Stored under Various Conditions

item Phillips, Bliss
item Fries, Russell - NATURAL FIBERS CORP
item Rennick, Kathy
item Abbott Dr, Thomas

Submitted to: Industrial Crops and Products International Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 22, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Asclepias syriaca is a promising new crop whose fiber is being marketed by the Natural Fibers Corporation in Nebraska, but whose seed oil is underutilized. This oil contains significant amounts of C18 delta 11, (omega 6) fatty acid, in contrast to the conventional delta 9, (oleic acid). Based upon recent analyses, the commercial seed oil content of milkweed ranges from 22.2% to 26.2%. Peroxide values and the tocopherol content of the oils were dependent on the handling and storage conditions of the oil after extraction. Previous analyses of other species and samples collected from the wild will also be presented.

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