Natural plant extraction

  Set up of a Phytoextraction experiment Copyright: © AVT.FVT

Plant secondary metabolites are essential components of the human diet, utilized as phytomedicines and routinely used as industrial raw materials and high-value fine chemicals. Chemically, secondary metabolites exhibit an enormous diversity and complexity, which makes their industrial chemical synthesis difficult and expensive. Agriculture and horticulture produces large quantities of plant biomass residues as by-products. Utilizing such by-products for extraction of secondary metabolites would lead to an added value of crop production.

At AVT.FVT we focus on conceptual process design and economic feasibility of extraction processes. As a long-term prospect, the developed process concepts will be transferable to other waste streams and metabolites. This could play a pivotal role in the successful development of a bioeconomic perspective.