Sideroxylonal: a potentially valuable extract from oil-mallee crops

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  • Published: 6 Apr 2009

  • Author(s): Foley, William J.

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Plantations of deep-rooted perennial trees provide important environmental benefits including amelioration of dryland salinity, fixation of CO2 and biodiversity. Increasing the suite of products from these plantations will make them more profitable and so provide strong incentives for private landholders to plant independent of government actions. The oil mallee industry in Western Australia already produces Eucalyptus oils, and there is potential to produce significant amounts of activated charcoal and electricity from the biomass harvested from plantations. In this report we identify and evaluate the potential for industrial uses of an additional product; a natural bioactive chemical from oil mallee eucalypts called sideroxylonal.

This JVAP report demonstrates the potential of sideroxylonals from Eucalyptus loxophleba plantations to growers and a range of companies and organizations involved in developing natural plant products for biomedical and industrial use.