A database with detailed information on more than 54,000 compounds from Brazilian biodiversity was created through a collaboration between the Institute of Chemistry at UNESP (Universidade Estadual Paulista) in Araraquara (SP) and the North American Chemical Society.
The process of systematizing the information, carried out by researcher Marília Valli, has just been completed and Brazil is now the holder of the second largest database on natural products in the world, after China.
Available on a free online platform, the repository gathers information on occurrence, chemical structure, analytical data and medicinal chemistry, in addition to having a list of articles published on each element.
In this way, the collection allows scientists from academia and industry to research, analyze and compare the chemistry of natural bioactive compounds, facilitating the study and creation of new chemical or medicinal products.
“The broad and open access of the scientific community to the database is essential for science and technology to advance in the country. The systematization of information brings greater efficiency to research, as it avoids the repetition of studies and facilitates the formulation of new hypotheses based on previous findings. With the collection, it becomes easier to identify targets that have not yet been well studied, “said Professor Vanderlan Bolzani.
Due to its rich biodiversity, Brazil has enormous potential for the production of knowledge and products with added value – including natural medicines or derivatives, food supplements, cosmetics and materials for the control of agricultural pests and parasites.
“Brazil gathers approximately 20% of all species on the planet. This database is strategic to expand our knowledge about Brazilian biodiversity,” said Bolzani.
The database can be consulted free of charge at the address http://nubbe.iq.unesp.br/portal/nubbe-search.html.