The Queen’s University of Belfast is the venue for the 2nd Marine Biodiscovery Workshop
10th and 11th December, 2009
bringing together experts in all aspects of identifying, harvesting and processing new ‘bioactive’ compounds from the sea.
“The marine environment covers 71% of the earth's surface and is home to more than 90% of all living things on this planet,” said Dr. Dermot Hurst of the Marine Institute. “Many of the diverse habitats in the world's oceans are yet to be fully explored, which represents a vast treasure chest of new and potentially valuable natural products for application in areas such as drug discovery, functional food ingredients and materials of commercial application in the fields of bio-medical and nutritional science and devices. This is why the Marine Institute supports a range of marine biotechnology projects that target the diversity within Irish waters with a view to identifying and developing this resource.”