2018 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Abstract

Plant compounds can be found in many consumer products such as nutritional supplements (nutraceuticals), soaps, shampoos, and other personal care products. They are not yet used in these products as preservatives. This area of research focusses on identifying compounds from native prairie plants that can be used as preservatives in personal care products. An objective of this research is to isolate compounds that can be used to replace synthetic parabens. Synthetic parabens have been found to be harmful to humans and the environment. Our isolate would be a natural preservative and eliminate the harmful synthetic. This research presentation will discuss the anti-fungal compounds isolated from Juniperus Virginiana (a common conifer found throughout Iowa). The results of the isolation, structure elucidation, and efficacy of the antimicrobial compounds will be presented.

Start Date

3-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

3-4-2018 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Kirk Manfredi

Department

Department of Biology

File Format

application/pdf

Available for download on Monday, April 15, 2019

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Apr 3rd, 11:30 AM Apr 3rd, 1:30 PM

Anti-fungal Compounds from Native Prairie Plants

Plant compounds can be found in many consumer products such as nutritional supplements (nutraceuticals), soaps, shampoos, and other personal care products. They are not yet used in these products as preservatives. This area of research focusses on identifying compounds from native prairie plants that can be used as preservatives in personal care products. An objective of this research is to isolate compounds that can be used to replace synthetic parabens. Synthetic parabens have been found to be harmful to humans and the environment. Our isolate would be a natural preservative and eliminate the harmful synthetic. This research presentation will discuss the anti-fungal compounds isolated from Juniperus Virginiana (a common conifer found throughout Iowa). The results of the isolation, structure elucidation, and efficacy of the antimicrobial compounds will be presented.