Essential Oils and Plant Extracts

Program Overview

Overview

Essential oils and plant extracts include a number of different industries and a wide variety of end uses. A common feature of all essential oils and plant extracts is that they require the growing of plants of harvest active ingredients. Active ingredients are used in a range of products including food flavours, pharmaceutical goods and industrial solvents. 

Major Australian essential oils include sandalwood, lavender, eucalyptus, boronia and peppermint. Citrus and carrot oils are managed by Horticulture Innovation Australia. Major Australian plant extracts include pyrethrum, Echinacea, mountain pepper and ginseng.

Australia’s diverse climate and unique flora provide opportunities for new crop development and agricultural diversification. Increasing consumer interest and a wide and growing range of applications in commercial industries has led to strong, albeit fluctuating, growth in world-demand for these commodities.

There is no statutory levy on essential oils and plant extracts. Funding is provided by RIRDC core funds and industry voluntary contributions. 

For the period 2015 to 2018 RIRDC core funding will be on a competitive basis across the New and Emerging Plant Industries program. Preference will be given to projects that include matching funds from industry and align with the objectives outlined in the New and Emerging Plant Industries Three-Year RD&E Plan (2015–2018).

R&D Plan

The New and Emerging Plant Industries Three-Year RD&E Plan (2015–2018) outlines the research, development and extension (RD&E) objectives for new, emerging and other core funded plant industries from January 2015 until June 2018. The Plan includes Essential Oils and Plant Extracts.

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RIRDC Projects and Results

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Current projects

Current essential oil and plant extracts projects are included on the New and Emerging Plant Industries page, under 'Current projects'.

Completed projects

Completed essential oil and plant extracts projects are included on the New and Emerging Plant Industries page, under 'Completed projects'.

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