I am curious about all aspects of plants, plant biochemistry, and plant defense. Currently, I am working on triterpenoid plant defense compounds called saponins. The focus here is on the structure elucidation and purification of saponins from plant sources to evaluate their biological activity.
EcoSap: triterpenoid saponins as green solutions for future sustainable food production. EcoSap will evaluate the efficacy and environmental safety of saponins as a novel green solution for sustainable food production. Saponins are a natural defense compound in plants that exhibit detergent-like properties that can disrupt the cell membranes of herbivore pests, causing cell death.