insects and microorganisms ensure their survival by producing an arsenal
of natural chemical weapons to escape herbivores, predators and competitors.
For millennia, man has harnessed the benefit of these bioactive natural
products in agriculture and medicine. Today, these products are still
used as valued sources of new compounds in these industries. BNPCE researchers
are helping agriculture achieve and maintain the critical goal of sustainability
by developing highly effective, environmentally friendly, low-toxicity
bioactive natural products as viable alternatives to conventional chemical
pesticides for the efficient control of agricultural diseases and pests.