The Origins of Essential Oils
A single class with Petra Ratajc, PhD
Discover how similar we are to the plants in using different enzymes to transform one substance into another.
The difference between plant volatiles and essential oils
The functions of plant volatiles
The role of volatile compounds in communication for most organisms
How plants synthesize the compounds they need while keeping within their energy budget
The principal biosynthetic pathways
Influences on composition, from genetics to seasonal cycles to the environment
Chemotypes – what they are and why they matter
A recording of the 60 min presentation by Dr Petra Ratajc.
Recording of the Q&A that took place after the original live session.
PRINTABLE COURSE MATERIAL
A handout with all the slides for you to download and print.
You’ll have access to the recording of the webinar to watch and review as needed.
Dr. Petra Ratajc, PhD
Biologist | Researcher | Educator
Petra refers to herself as an ‘aromatic plants enthusiast’ and has a post-graduate degree in Biological and Biotechnical Sciences from the University of Ljubljana. Her PhD extends from fieldwork to molecular research in the quality, safety and efficacy of aromatic herbs and their essential oils.
Petra specializes in medicinal and aromatic plants, secondary plant metabolites, pharmacognosy and pharmacology specifically focused on plant volatile constituents. Visit her myth-busting plant biology blog, The PhytoVolatilome.
What previous students say about our courses:
I loved having Petra for a professor! She is so professional and knowledgeable. ~Caron Della Flora
I really enjoyed and appreciated the manner in which Dr. Ratajc presented the information. She was easy to understand. She didn’t just read from the notes but added important information. It was methodically presented. This was my first class and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you. ~Lisa Arbeene