What is Bioprospecting?

Tumour-inhibiting medication, anti-addictive agents, antimalarial drugs – naturally occurring substances are often used by humans for medicinal and other purposes, with bio-prospecting being responsible for many discoveries. But what exactly is bio-prospecting, and what are the benefits and the risks associated with it?



Recognising the traditional knowledge of the San people: The Hoodia case of benefit-sharing (Munoz Tellez V., 2006) –

A Framework for an Action Plan on Marine Biodiversity in Ireland (Costello M.J., 2000) –

Ecology and bioprospecting (Beattie A. et al, 2010):

Conserving Biodiversity and Rewarding Associated Knowledge and Innovation Systems: Honey Bee Perspective (Gupta A., 2012) –

Created during module CMOD6001 (Herbal Science, Cork Institute of Technology). Link to my course:

Music courtesy of krackatoa a.k.a. Andre William Owen (track: Noahs Stark) –


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