MARIA PAZ ARRAIZA, PhD is Associated Professor in Technical University of Madrid, Department of Forestry and Environmental Engineering and Management, Madrid, Spain since 1995. She is Bachelor in Biological Sciences, specialization in Botany, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid 1993, PhD in Biological Sciences at Technical University of Madrid in 1997, and Post Graduate in Quality, Safety and Efficacy in Phytotherapy at University of Barcelona in 2006.
She is the main researcher on Natural Products of Plant Origin Group at the Technical University of Madrid. She has directed national and international projects on medicinal and aromatic plants, related to chemical variability of the active ingredients in different ecotypes of aromatic plants, utilization of aromatic and medicinal plants of commercial interest, plant extracts and essential oils among other.
She teaches Industrial Use of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Chemistry of Non Wood Forest Products at Bachelor and Master Degrees in Forestry and Environmental Engineering,
She has organized numerous courses in the field, highlighting the Origin Natural Plant Products in the Master in Plant Genetic Resources, Cultivation and processing of Aromatic, Medicinal Plants and Herbs, and a Postgraduate course in medicinal and aromatic plants in Argentina, and a Summer Course on Natural Products and Life Quality of Life among many others.
She has published one book chapter about medicinal plants from the Canary Islands, as well as numerous articles in national and international journals related to medicinal and aromatic plants (Journal of Essential Oil Research, Notulae Botanicae, FAO Non Wood News). Recent papers are:
• Arraiza, M. P.; de Pedro, J. L. (2007) Salvia lavandulifolia in Spain. Non-Wood News. No 14. pp 14. January 2007
• Arraiza P., Arrabal C. and Andrés P. Seasonal variation of Essential Oil Yield and Composition of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) Grown in Castilla - La Mancha (Central Spain). Journal of Essential Oil Research. 2009 July-Aug, v. 21, no. 4 (cited in Agricultural Science And Technology, VOL. 3, No 2, pp 123 - 125, 2011)
• Arrabal C., F. Martínez García, M. P. Arraiza and S. Guerrero García. Chemical Composition of Essential Oil of Senecio coincyi, an Endemic Species of the Central Iberian Peninsula. ISSN 1934-578X. Natural Product Communications 6 (1): 123-126 January 2011.
• ARRAIZA M. P., ARRABAL C., José V. LÓPEZ. Seasonal Variation of Essential Oil Yield and Composition of Sage (Salvia officinalis L.) Grown in Castilla - La Mancha (Central Spain. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca. Vol 40, No 2 (2012), p. 106 – 108.
• M. Paz Arraiza, J. V. López. Ingeniería forestal y ambiental en medios insulares: Técnicas y experiencias en las Islas Canarias. Chapter 24. Plantas Aromáticas, Medicinales y Tintóreas en las Islas Canarias. Pp 595 – 614. 2013. España. ISBN: 978-84-616-3859-8. Book Chapter.
• Meloni, D., Arraiza, M. P. Biomass and essential oil yields of cornmint (Mentha arvensis L.) grown in the irrigation area of Río Dulce, Santiago del Estero, Argentina. TJEO, Journal of Essential Oil Research, December 2014. MELONI; DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2014.990642.
TECHICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID. DPT. FOREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT.