The NPDI collection is a diverse resource that can benefit researchers in a wide variety of fields.
Although this collection has been mined for human therapeutic uses, the collection was generated only recently (mid 1990 to 2003), so it was not thoroughly mined. In recent experience, most biologically active extracts that we find are ones that have not been previously explored for the active component. With modern screening and genetic sequencing methods, previously undetectable natural products can be identified.
There is great interest in moving towards natural materials as insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth modulators. The insecticide Spinosad is based on a compound which was isolated from the bacterial species Saccharopolyspora spinosa. This natural pesticide offers broad protection against a variety of pests with low mammalian toxicity and environmental impact.
I am delighted to be able to access this superb collection and look forward to discovering new bioactive compounds from it.
–Prof. David Kingston, Virginia Tech
Natural ingredients are very desirable in the dietary supplement and flavor enhancer marketplaces. Natural products have a lower regulatory hurdle in some cases and are better received by customers.
Natural products have always been appealing in cosmetic products. The market is particularly interested in products that affect interesting new biological targets in the anti-aging and skin lightening areas.