Holy Basil Research
In May 2017, Noelle graduated with an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Georgia (UGA). She was funded by the USDA through a program called the National Needs Fellows.
Her research was on the medicinal herb called holy basil aka tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). Her degree was interdisciplinary, working with the Horticulture and Food Science departments at UGA. In horticulture, she learned how to grow holy basil in the field. In food science she learned how to analyze essential oils using gas chromatography. She characterized the differences between 14 different varieties of holy basil based on yield and the content and composition of essential oils.
A portion of her research talking about the horticulture aspects of her project, like plant yield and differences in visual characteristics was published in HortScience.
The other portion of her research that goes more into detail on the lab methods and the composition of the holy basil essential oil was recently published in the Journal of Essential Oil Research.
You can access the articles by clicking the link below.