UC Berkeley researcher cultivates Chilean soapbark tree for use in COVID-19 vaccine

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UC Berkeley researcher Ricardo San Martin hopes to plant plots of the Chilean soapbark trees in both Chile and California, and he is currently studying the yields, the purity of the compounds and other information about the tree's leaves.

Ricardo San Martin, the Sutardja Center’s Alt: Meat Lab Director and Industry Fellow, is working on cultivating Quillaja saponaria — the Chilean soapbark tree — so it can be used in an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
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