Building a Discovery Partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre: A Gateway to Access Natural Products from the Rainforests
Tiong Chia Yeo, Margarita Naming and Rita ManurungAffiliation:
Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, KM20, Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
AbstractThe 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.
Benefit sharing, biodiversity, natural product library, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, traditional knowledge.
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