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Underpressure: the Impact of Vacuum Distillation on Essential Oil Quality

21 October 2019

Benoit Roger (Ph. D.), Hubert Marceau (B. Sc., chemist), Alexis St-Gelais (M. Sc., chemist)   Have you ever tried cooking pasta atop a high mountain? OK, this is a weird introduction, but you’ll see the link. Everybody ‘’knows’’ that (pure) water freezes at 0 °C and boils at 100 °C and in everyday life, this is

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An Insight into Labrador Tea Chemotypes (Poster)

13 September 2019

Alexis St-Gelais (M. Sc., Chemist), Benoit Roger, Kim Desrosiers, Hubert Marceau This poster (awarded a Poster Prize) was presented to the scientific community during the 50th International Symposium on Essential Oils in Vienna, Austria, on September 9th-11th 2019. Click here to see the poster as a PDF. Thanks to Lavinia Alexandru for the photo. Entitled Chemometric

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First Inventory of Pests and Diseases in Cannabis and Hemp Crops in Canada

21 September 2018

Laurie Caron, M.Sc. Chimiste In collaboration with Biopterre, the Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale and the University of Moncton, Phytochemia is proud to present a new research project on the identification of the pests ans diseases affecting the production of cannabis and hemp in Canada.  The main objective of this project is to generate the

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Synthetic Methyl Salicylate and You

12 June 2017

Alexis St-Gelais, chimiste Essential oils are worth quite a lot of money. It so happens that, in order to boost profits, unscrupulous people alter oils in various ways. This “Adulterants and you” series is there to introduce you to some of the adulterations we encounter. This is because not all of them are necessarily obvious,

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How Much Agarwood in your Agarwood?

5 June 2017

Hubert Marceau, Chimiste, B. Sc. Agarwood is an oil with a very specific odor profile. Almost no two oils will have the same exact smell: sometimes it is leathery, other time smoky, some even have fruity notes and other lots can smell a bit cheesy. The reason for that come from how it is produced. Agarwood is

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