human health and environmental resources is essential if we are
not only to sustain, but to improve the quallity of life for ourselves
and for future generations. At present, commercially produced synthetic
pesticides are ineffective for some groups of organisms and can
cause significant environmental damage. In addition, pesticide residues
on food are unacceptable to many consumers. Natural products derived
from plants and beneficial micro-organisms are potential solutions
to the problems created by the use of traditional chemical pesticides.
a University of Tennessee 21st Century Research Initiative, researchers
from The University of Tennnessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
have joined together to form the Bioactive Natural Products Center
of Excellence (BNPCE) to facilitate natural product discovery, evaluation
and application. Natural products from native and exotic plants,
established crops and beneficial micro-organisms are being investigated
for agrochemical, nutriceutical or pharmaceutical potential.
BNPCE consists of research faculty who are internationally recognized
in the fields of anthropology, economics, plant pathology and physiology,
horticulture , entomology, ethnobotany and ethnomedicine, environmental
protection and remediation, and chemistry. Working together, this
group has the ability to take products from folklore to farm.
of the raw materials needed for extraction of bioactive natural
products represents novel high-value crops that can revitalize low-income
farms. In the future, these high-value crops will be grown on Tennessee
farms to supplement or replace declining tobacco income or as substitutes
for crops that have been lost to foreign competition.
mission of the Bioactive Natural Products Center of Excellence (BNPCE)
at the University of Tennessee is to develop highly effective, environmentally
friendly, low-toxicity bioactive products that serve to ensure a
plentiful and safe food supply (agrochemicals) and to increase the
quality of human health (nutriceuticals and pharmaceuticals).
vision of the Center is to be the premier research center and international
leader in natural product discovery, evaluation and application.
In addition, by supporting focused research and the development
of commercially viable alternatives, the BNPCE will help agriculture
achieve and maintain the critical goal of sustainability.
Natural Products Center Organization
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