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Sustainable Bioprospecting of Natural Products

Semester 3

Biological diversity, structural diversity and biological activity of natural products from marine, plant and animal life; 
Main classes of natural products and main biosynthetic pathways; 
Prospecting bioactive compounds from natural resources; 
Evaluation of biological activity in vitro and in vivo; 
Use of natural products in medicine, veterinary, agriculture, food industry, environment and cosmetics; 
Examples of processes for the production of biologically active natural products by biotechnological methods; 
Examples of new pharmaceutical products derived from natural products at various stages of clinical development and commercialization;
Examples from naturally derived compounds for potential bioactivity will be studied, namely compounds with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and/or anti-tumour activity, anti-thrombotic, and anti-obesity activities, as well as drugs for cardiovascular system and central nervous system.
Over-exploitation of natural resources and the role of biotechnology in the sustainability of their exploitation; 
Regulation and biosafety.