Project Summary

Australian plant extract industry has become an important sector due to the abundant resources of diverse plants in Australia and huge potentials as natural anti-oxidant and anti-microbial alternatives in various applications. As natural animal feed additives, plant extracts are good candidates to replace the antibiotics that are commonly used in the animal food while the use of such antibiotics is more strictly regulated or banned in the near future.  This project employs engineering nanotechnology to develop functional nanoemulsion and solid lipid nanoparticle delivery system that is able to deliver plant extracts in a targeting approach to treating animal diseases. The encapsulation of natural plant extract will enhance the anti-microbial activities of the active extract with excellent bioavailability and long-term stability. The project will provide great impact on animal healthcare and food quality.


Research Group

Bernhardt Group


Nanoemulsions, Nano-biotechnology, Natural plant extractors, Anti-oxidation, Anti-microbial

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Project members

Project Lead

Professor Zhi Ping (Gordon) Xu

Senior Group Leader
Xu Group

Researchers Involved

Dr Li Li

Advance QLD Research Fellow
Xu Group