Marine Pharmacognosy: Trends and Applications

Se-Kwon Kim

December 6, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 454 Pages - 162 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439892299 - CAT# K14137


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  • Includes techniques for the exploration of the marine habitat for novel compounds
  • Discusses macromolecular marine phenomena along with small molecules of marine origin
  • Serves as an integrated resource for marine biologists and chemists, biotechnologists, natural product and medicinal chemists, and pharmacognosists among others
  • Provides insight into present trends and approaches for marine pharmacognosy


Diverse and abundant, marine-derived bioactive compounds offer a plethora of pharmacologically active agents with the potential to produce valuable therapeutic entities. Marine-derived organisms, including some macroalgae, microalgae, blue-green algae, invertebrates, and vertebrates—valued in traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times—are now recognized as rich sources of pharmaceutically active compounds. These factors, coupled with the growing need for novel bioactives for the treatment of severe human diseases such as cancer, diabetes, microbial infections, and inflammatory processes, has brought marine pharmaceuticals to the forefront of pharmacology.

Marine Pharmacognosy: Trends and Applications provides a comprehensive account of marine-derived bioactive pharmaceuticals and their potential health benefits, including antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, anticoagulant, antidiabetic, antiallergy, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antibacterial, and radioprotective activities. Moreover, it discusses the sources, isolation and purification, chemistry, functionality interactions, applications, and industrial features of a variety of marine-derived pharmaceuticals.

Marine pharmacognosy is a dynamic field that has been systematically investigated over the last 50 years, and the number of publications and patents are increasing every year. Bringing together a global team of experts, Marine Pharmacognosy: Trends and Applications reviews current research on marine-derived bioactive compounds and provides insight into future research on their potential as pharmacologically active agents.