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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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