Chemical composition and physico-chemical properties of seeds and seed oils from Lophira lanceaolata, Maranthes polyandra and Carapa procera were determined. Seeds contained high levels of crude oils (50.4-58 %). Lophira lanceaolata and Maranthes polyandra showed high iodine value due to their high level of unsatured fatty acids. These seed oils had good nutritional potential. Carapa procera seed oil showed high antibacterial and antimicrobial activities. It could be used in medicine and cosmetic.


works to improve sustainable use of local tree species for fair-trade production of oils for food and cosmetics in Mali and Burkina Faso through a collaboration between researchers, private industries and local communities.

Financed by Danida.