SABINA (Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products) is a vibrant and diverse network of researchers focusing on Natural Products. With the understanding that natural products play a significant role in alleviating the interlinked issues of food security, health and nutrition, particularly in developing countries, SABINA proactively implements post-graduate chemistry, biochemistry and bioinformatics programmes to address these issues.
South Africa has a wealthy supply of plants. With about 25 000 known species found here, this country is third only to Brazil and Indonesia as far as biodiversity is concerned. Most people are unaware that a significant percentage of the active ingredients used in modern medicine originated from plants. The goal of my research team (myself and my postgraduate students) is to scientifically explore and test South Africa’s indigenous plants and see which of them could possibly provide chemical compounds that could be of benefit to all mankind.
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