Australian tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia by steam distillation. Australia produces around 1,000 tonnes of 100% pure Australian tea tree oil per year, and this is increasing. Tea Tree Oil has recognised antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and is widely formulated into many cosmetic and personal care products. The AgriFutures Tea Tree Oil program has funded a number of projects to define the anti-microbial effectiveness of tea tree oil and there are many referenced papers available.
Tea Tree Oil has not been fully evaluated for antiviral efficacy using viruses recommended by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) or European Standards (EN). The recommendations include the use of a number of standard viruses in tests for efficacy of disinfectants on surfaces (commonly referred to as “carrier tests”) or in suspensions.
This Request for Quote will address the “increasing demand” objective within the three research and development (R&D) objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Tea Tree Oil Program RD&E Plan 2018-2022.