A $1.3 million partnership between Michigan State University and Kemin Industries will expand research designed to enhance micronutrients, specifically tocopherols, found in the petals of marigold flowers.
Best known as vitamin E, tocopherols are a plant-based, fat-soluble antioxidant with many nutritional and therapeutic applications for humans and animals. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin for the human body. This research will focus on a specific type of tocopherol that provides superior antioxidant quenching of radicals and stabilization in both oils and processed foods.
This multi-year research project is led by Dr. Dean DellaPenna, Michigan State University distinguished professor whose world-renowned plant research focuses on increasing the productivity and nutritional value of plants for human health, medicinal plant genomics and plant metabolism and micronutrients.
“As the world’s population continues to grow and resources become more limited, we believe it is our responsibility to discover more sustainable methods for producing ingredients that help improve the quality of life” said Dr. John Greaves, vice president in charge of specialty crops at Kemin.
Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where more than 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. The company provides product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.