Suppressing the growth of harmful microorganisms

Key features:

  • Reduce risk of food borne illness
  • Preserve freshness and nutrition
  • Decrease microbial spoilage


  • Food preparation
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Cosmetic

Stopping microbial growth is extremely important in many products ranging from foods to cosmetics to toiletries. Nature also needs antimicrobials, so plants can generate natural chemicals that are effective for inhibiting microbial growth. Unfortunately, extraction of these natural chemicals from plants can be difficult and expensive. We are using knowledge of chemical structures from natural antimicrobials to direct the discovery of new antimicrobial molecules from biobased feedstocks.

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