Research & Development

The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is Jamaica’s principal public sector agency responsible for the fostering and coordination of scientific research, and the promotion of its application. The majority of research and development work done by the Council  is determined by the Government’s national interest or significance. However, the SRC also undertakes funded research projects, which can be contracted by individuals, private companies or multinational agencies.

Externally Funded Projects include:

  • Preparation and Characterization of Plant Extracts for Use in Certificates of Analyses (COAs) and in Product Development
  • Screening of Local Plants for therapeutic potential
  • Research &Development of a Glycemic Index  (GI) Database of Jamaican Foods
  • Research & Development of a Natural Pesticide from various natural products
  • Investigation of Anti-ageing Properties of Guinea Hen Weed (Petiveria alliacea)
  • Evaluation of Essential Oils for Biological Activity


In addition, the Analytical Services Department (ASD), offers chemical and microbial testing services as well as consultancy. The ASD was the first laboratory in the English speaking Caribbean to receive ISO certification. We have maintained our ISO17025 standard for several water and food parameters, and have improved to also attain ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. Our services in the microbiological analyses of water/wastewater for various environmental safety parameters, have assisted clients monitor and maintain product quality. In doing so, we meet local and international quality standards, reduce spoilage and production costs and ensure food and water safety.

Tests done include:

  • Water quality (waste water, processing water, pool etc)
  • Microbiology (Faecal Coliform, Total Coliform, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Emterococcus, and Mesophilic Aerobic Plate Count)
  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory assays
  • Mineral and vitamin testing on veterinary samples
  • Chemistry ( COD, BOD, Total alkalinity, total hardness, pH, turbidity, salinity etc)

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