Research and development (R&D) Activities

African Moringa stenopetala Plant: An Emerging Source of Novel Ingredients for Plant-Based Foods

BioTEI featured in AIMday Accelerating Innovation video     

Manitoba Industry-Academia Partnership (MI-AP) has awarded three pre study AIMday Circular Economy projects to University of Manitoba researchers  . The pre-study projects are well aligned with BioTEI's mission and has practical applications to sustainably utilize Moringa stenopetala for food and industrial applications.



Protein isolation from Moringa stenopetala and enzymatic hydrolysis to release bioactive peptides (Dr. Rotimi Aluko, University of Manitoba, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences).

Novel, sustainable protein extraction and processing technology to improve techno-functional properties, protein digestibility and bioactivity of Moringa steno proteins (Dr. Nandika Bandara, University of Manitoba, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences).

Development biodegradable packaging material using waste product from Moringa process (Dr. Qiuyan Yuan, University of Manitoba, Department of Civil Engineering).


Our Story

Manitoba home of moringa ‘miracle tree’ innovation

To fully utilize the nutritional, therapeutic and environmental uses of Moringa, BioTEI, is pursuing high impact research projects that aim to sustainably harness the economic benefits of the plant. The Canadian government through its NRC-IRAP, SR&ED and CleanTech programs has contributed funding for research projects of BioTEI. Here are some recent high impact R&D projects the company has successfully accomplished.                                      

Moringa stenopetala is tightly linked with food and livelihood security of local communities in Konso and neighbouring areas in Southern Ethiopia

credit: Debebe Worku Dadi 

General research goal: Deciphering bio-functional properties of the  African wild tree, Moringa stenopetala, for food and therapeutic applications using innovative technologies.

Funding contribution: NRC-IRAP and SR&ED programs
Project title: Characterization of High Value Food and Nutraceutical End Products from the Wild Moringa Tree (project No: 921795) 
Collaborator: Manitoba Food Development Center (FDC)
Project title: Developing Skincare Products and Seed Protein from African Moringa Plant (project No: 937623).
Using research results of these projects, BioTEI had developed high value food and skin care products here in Canada from Moringa leaves and seeds, which are currently in the local and international markets.
Project title: Developing high value bio-products from Moringa stenopetala seed waste for water and wastewater treatment and other Applications in CleanTech Industries Funding contribution : WD-Clean Tech program The project develops and designed high performing activated carbons from Moringa seed meal and seed shell, which can be used for water purification and wastewater treatment.

Moringa stenopetala
Credit: Annette's trip to Ethiopia Nov. 8 -13, 2019           

Our research findings



Moringa PJ4430- Moringa stenopetala (Moringa leaf  powder from BioTEI Inc.)

Moringa organic- Moringa Oleifera (commercially available Moringa leaf powder) 

The experiment was conducted at AAFC- Innovative Therapy Research Laboratory in Canada 

Ultra-performance liquid chromatography analysis revealed:

  • Rutin was present in Moringa steno leaf powder only.

  • 61.6 mg/g rutin was present in the  the dry leaf powder of Moringa Steno.


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