PLANTS

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2669
Amount: $40,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
University Research Pk, 417 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR MANUEL F BALANDRIN
 NATURAL PRODUCTS CHEMIST
 (801) 582-0144
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
VAST AREAS OF THE WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN U.S. CONSIST OF ARID AND SEMI-ARID LANDS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNDERUTILIZED. A PHYTOCHEMICAL SURVEY OF OVER 800 PLANT SPECIES NATIVE TO THESE REGIONS INDICATES THAT ATRIPLEX CANESCENS, A SUCCESSFUL RANGELAND SHRUB, IS A POTENTIALLY USEFUL SOURCE OF TRITERPENOID SAPONINS, A GROUP OF NATURALLY-OCCURRING SURFACTANTS WITH INDUSTRIAL UTILITY. HOWEVER, FURTHER WORK IS NEEDED IN TERMS OF EXTRACTION AND INSOLATION TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESS DESIGN, STRUCTURE ELUCIDATION OF THE COMPOUNDS, ND CHARACTERIZATION OF THEIR PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES IN TERMS OF SURFACTANT PROPERTIES (DETERGENCY), HEAT STABILITY,WATER DISPERSIBILITY, AND BIODEGRADABILITY. THE PROPOSED PHASE I RESEARCH WILL RESOLVE THESE QUESTIONS AND FORM THE BASIS FOR THE COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION OF THIS CURRENTLY UNDERUTILIZED BIORENEWABLE CHEMCIAL RESOURCE.

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