Sustainable Alternatives for Obtaining Natural Active Compounds

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 140

Special Issue Editor

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Faculty of Pharmacy, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
Interests: drug discovery; development of pharmaceutical forms; natural compounds; green solutions in pharmaceutical sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will explore innovative approaches and methods for harnessing the therapeutic potential of natural compounds while addressing the pressing need for sustainability in production processes. Natural compounds derived from plants, microorganisms, and marine sources have long been valuable sources of bioactive molecules with diverse applications in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and other industries. However, the unsustainable practices associated with their extraction and production have raised environmental and ethical concerns. By addressing sustainability challenges while harnessing the therapeutic potential of natural compounds, this collection of articles aims to contribute to a more environmentally conscious future for the natural products industry.

This Special Issue is focused on novel strategies aimed at balancing the demand for these compounds with ecological and ethical considerations including, but not limited to, the following: green extraction techniques, biotechnology-driven solutions, exploration of invasive plant species that have numerous negative ecological and health impacts, and the cultivation of microorganisms to produce bioactive molecules efficiently, replacing traditional plant-based sources. The extraction of active natural compounds from industrial plant waste materials involves recovering valuable bioactive compounds from agricultural, forestry, or agro-industrial byproducts. This practice is gaining significant attention due to its potential environmental benefits, including reducing waste disposal costs, conserving resources, and producing high-value products for various industries. This Special Issue will also examine the ethical implications of natural compound extraction and strategies to promote responsible sourcing and biodiversity conservation.

For this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Georgiana Nitulescu
Guest Editor

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  • natural product isolation
  • sustainability
  • green chemistry
  • renewable resources
  • eco-friendly extraction
  • bioactive compounds
  • ethnopharmacology
  • traditional medicine

Published Papers

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