August 21, 2021

P229.5-M is being considered for R&D on scents and tastes derived from the forest

A budget of PHP229.5 million has been set aside for research and development (R&D) to investigate perfumes and tastes derived from forest products during the next five years.

“By conducting and creating R&D innovations and goods, we start on investigating and using non-timber and timber forest products,” Director Romulo Aggangan of the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) told the Philippine News Agency over the weekend.

The objectives, according to him, are to create tastes and perfumes from forest products, build R&D facilities, and develop protocols for sustainable and responsible forest product harvesting for flavors and fragrances.

A sensory and chemical assessment of non-timber goods, as well as socio-economic research and technological testing and adoption, are all in the works.

The Philippine cinnamons, eucalyptus, Canarium species, select species from the Myrtaceae and Fabaceae families, as well as certain fruit trees and agroforestry crops with potential for tastes and scents, are among the forest species to be researched, according to Aggangan.

Studies on growth methods and appropriate harvesting of barks, leaves, and other plant components are also part of the initiative, he said, in order to guarantee a sustainable supply of raw materials.

The “Fragrances and Flavors from the Forest Technology Program” (F3TP) is presently investigating healthcare and aromatherapy goods such as essential oils, salves, bar, and liquid hand soaps, spray mist, massage oils, foot deodorants, and lotions using extracted cinnamon oils and hydrosol.

According to Aggangan, the FPRDI has begun creating teas, flavor-infused drinks, and confectioneries with bamboo and cinnamon tastes.

“The projected budget of F3TP for the next five years or 2022-2026 totals PHP229.5 million to accomplish the aforementioned objectives,” he said, adding that improving the Institute’s R&D facilities and capacitating its researchers would be emphasized for the next two years.

According to market research company Lucintel, the taste and fragrance industry is projected to reach USD35.7 billion by 2025, according to Aggangan.

Similarly, Secretary of Science and Technology (DOST) Fortunato de la Pea stated in a recorded report that the taste and fragrances sector “is one of the most lucrative niche industries.”

“Both wood and non-timber forest products provide a wide range of tastes and scents. “These include economically significant gums, resins, and oils, as well as non-timber forest products and tannins, which may be removed from barks, leaves, and wood and re-used to improve the tastes of drinks like wine, beer, fruit juice, and teas,” de la Pea added.

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