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February 03, 2008

New pepper species found

Indian scientists report  the discovery of a new subspecies of pepper that has an essential oil yield from the fruit of up to 4 times the usual yield of cultivated peppers. With development it could lead to greater production and availability of oil. Not too many details in this article from the Financial Express, but it was found in the wild in the Agasthyamala belt of the Western Ghats in Kerala State.

Probably not much effect on the aromatherapy community right now, but it may bring out a new chemotype of pepper oil.

The pepper species was found by scientists from the Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute in Kerala, which is dedicated to the preservation of the biodiversity in Kerala state. The institute has active research ongoing in Phytochemistry and Ethnomedicine.

Posted by Rob on February 3, 2008 in Essential Oils/Plant Extractions, Notes and News, Oil Crops | Permalink


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