Submitted to: Oilseed Processing and Utilization World Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/16/2006
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Developing a successful oil seed crop often requires the utilization of other products from seeds in order to become a viable economic commodity. The soybean is an exceptional example as not only is the oil used, but the protein and phytochemical extract has also become a commodity. The soy isoflavones are being marketed today as food additives and nutritional supplements. Current work in this lab is on the chemical and biological characterization of the soy saponins for food and nutritional uses. Oil seed crops are also being developed from the crucifer family, which includes canola and mustard. New crops being developed from this family, such as meadowfoam, cuphea, and camelina, are being examined for glucosinolate content in their seed meals. Glucosinolate degradation products are being characterized for both their pesticidal and health enhancing properties. Other phytochemicals from oil seed processing byproducts, for example the anthocyanins, are being examined for their potential use.