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Natural products 

Scotland has an abundant source of marine and terrestrial flora and fauna. The bioscience base outwith the urban areas has been heavily influenced by the available natural resources of the rural environment. There is a natural focus of activity on the West Coast and the Islands. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream support a diverse range of aquatic organisms and the temperate maritime climate has introduced unique characteristics with respect to the composition of extracts (active compounds) from terrestrial flora.

From these natural resources, companies such as Glycomar, BASF Pharma (Callanish) and Hebridean Sea Weed, provide refined extracts, active compounds and expertise in product development and analytical capability.

The main markets for companies that utilise natural products are pharmaceuticals, nutriceuticals, cosmetics and renewable energy. Academic activity has grown to support the commercial base in providing research and analytical capabilities and a number of unique, natural product based collections and libraries exist.

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In our region:

  • The University of the Highlands and Islands continues its focus in natural products and has developed interests by pooling the expertise from several research groups, including the Agronomy Institute in Orkney. UHI sits at the centre of a Scotland-wide network of academics offering expertise to organisations with interest in natural products.
  • The European Marine Science Park in Argyll is one of HIE's current major infrastructure investments incorporating marine science, research and development, education and commercial activity. The project aims to create an international centre of excellence.
  • Co-located on the Dunstaffnage peninsula is The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), a centre for research, education and world-class environmental surveying, sampling, monitoring and analysis. In November 2010 the Sheina Marshall Building was added to the site providing a modern education facility.
  • SAMS also hosts the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), the most diverse in the world, with over 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds from across the globe.
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