Marine Ecosystems: A Unique Source of Valuable Bioactive Compounds

Challenges and Opportunities in Marine Ecological System and Drug Discovery

Author(s): Mohammed A. Shredah, Hassan A.H. Ibrahim and Mohamed S.M. Abd El Hafez * .

Pp: 282-315 (34)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051995123030011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Marine organisms offer a delicate, yet plentiful source for a vast array of novel products whose unique structural features make them suitable drug candidates, pesticides, marine anti-fouling agents, and more. There are many challenges that threaten the marine ecosystems like climatic change, biological invasions, overexploitation, overfishing, and water pollution. These challenges negatively affect the marine biodiversity and then productivity. So, they must be overcome for potential preservation of various lives in the marine environment. The current chapter will present various opportunities in marine drug discovery and will also discuss the problems encountered in marine drug discovery.

Keywords: Marine Ecosystem Development, Drugs Development.

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