Publication on chamomile white ray floret supercritical extraction

Research on the supercritical extraction of the white petals of chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla or Matricaria recutita) has resulted in a scientific publication in the MDPI journal “Antioxidants”!

The title of the publication is “Exploring the Potential of Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Matricaria chamomilla White Ray Florets as a Source of Bioactive (Cosmetic) Ingredients”.

The research concluded that the extracts of the chamomile white ray florets contain various classes of phytochemicals that boast cytotoxic, proliferation-reducing and antimicrobial activities, making them a potentially valuable ingredient for cosmetic products.

Read the publication HERE:

The results were also presented at the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries (RRB 2023), which took place in Riga on May 31st-June 2nd. The conference was organised by Ghent University (GU, Belgium) in collaboration with other partners, including the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry.

Dr Ilva Nakurte, Leading Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Solutions, presented the poster at the conference. The title of the presentation was “Supercritical fluid extraction of Matricaria recutita white ray florets for valorisation of herbal waste by-products”.

Dr. Ilva Nakurte 2023. gada RRB konferencē
Dr Ilva Nakurte at the RRB 2023 conference. Photo: IES
Research “A biorefinery approach for the development of bioactive cosmetic ingredients from by-products of medicinal plant processing and plant cell cultivation” ( is developed as a part of the European Regional Development Fund programme 1 .1.1.1 measure “Support for applied research” and specific objective 1.1.1 “Improve research and innovation capacity and the ability of Latvian research institutions to attract external funding, by investing in human capital and infrastructure” 

More on the project HERE.