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Building a Discovery Partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre: A Gateway to Access Natural Products from the Rainforests

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Tiong Chia Yeo, Margarita Naming and Rita Manurung   Pages 192 - 200 ( 9 )

Abstract:


The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) is a state government agency which regulates research and promotes the sustainable use of biodiversity. It has a program on documentation of traditional knowledge (TK) and is well-equipped with facilities for natural product research. SBC maintains a Natural Product Library (NPL) consisting of local plant and microbial extracts for bioprospecting. The NPL is a core discovery platform for screening of bioactive compounds by researchers through a formal agreement with clear benefit sharing obligations. SBC aims to develop partnerships with leading institutions and the industries to explore the benefits of biodiversity.

Keywords:

Benefit sharing, biodiversity, natural product library, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, traditional knowledge.

Affiliation:

Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, KM20, Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.



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