R&D on aromas and fragrances of PHL forest products as part of a 5-year project
A five-year research and development (R&D) project is expected to produce aromas and fragrances from the Philippine forest.
The Forest Products Research and Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FPRDI), through its Flavors and Fragrances program of the Forest Technology Program (F3TP), will explore and use non-timber forest products ( PFNL) by making and producing R&D innovations, technologies and products, DOST-FPRDI said in a statement.
Among the forest species to be studied in the P229.5 million project are Philippine cinnamon, eucalyptus, Canarium species, selected species from the Myrtaceae and Fabaceae families, as well as certain fruit trees and agroforestry crops that have a potential of flavors and fragrances.
âThe institute is currently implementing projects that should provide health and aromatherapy products, such as essential oils, ointments, hand soaps. [bar and liquid], spray mists, massage oils, foot deodorants, lotions and more, âsaid DOST-FPRDI.
The institute began to develop teas, flavored drinks and confectionery using aromas of bamboo and cinnamon.
Upgrading the Institute’s R&D facilities and training researchers in flavors and fragrances will be a priority over the next two years.
The program also includes studies on propagation techniques and protocols for proper harvesting of bark, leaves and other parts of plants to ensure a sustainable supply of raw materials.
It also aims to develop the sensory and chemical evaluation of NTFPs, and the socio-economic study, piloting and adoption of the technology.
The country’s forests are rich in natural resources, especially commercially important NTFPs, such as leaves, bark, resins, saps, essential oils and other plant materials.
The use of NTFPs for food, medicine, flavorings or gasoline has played a big role in the history of the country.
The use of different flavoring materials has evolved into a now renowned flavor and fragrance industry, which for decades was one of the most promising and profitable niche markets.
In 2018, the industry’s global market value was around $ 20 billion and is expected to reach over $ 30 billion by 2025.
The main contributors to the aroma and fragrance market are Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, Asia-Pacific and South America, while interesting emerging markets can be found in China, India, Russia and Central America.