Organisation and function of embedded oil glands in eucalypts

Grant number: DP1094530 | Funding period: 2010 - 2015



Some eucalypt leaves contain large quantities of essential oils, which have been extracted for commercial purposes for many years. Advancement of this industry, however, requires basic research directed at enhancing both the yield of oil and the range of valuable constituents. This project will make use of a new protocol for isolating and purifying the foliar oil-producing glands to identify a new suite of oil gland constituents and to understand the way in which they are made and deployed in the gland. The research will also contribute to our general understanding of oil gland structure and function.

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