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Natural products play a significant role in alleviating the interlinked issues of food security, health and nutrition - particularly in developing countries.

Many plants, fungi, and micro-organisms have potential for added value products in medicine, health, and agriculture. When identifying potential new products, and/or improving existing products, identification of the active molecule(s), understanding the mode of action, and ensuring efficacy and safety, are crucial.

Another crucial factor is a regional co-operation conduit that focuses on natural product chemistry, biochemistry, and bioinformatics.

Through the development of a Virtual Research Environment and other support, POL-SABINA provides the Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products (SABINA) a number of mechanisms to enhance networking and co-operation.

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SABINA III: Reestablishment grants 2015, application forms.

SABINA Annual Meeting: 27th -29th May 2015

The Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products (SABINA) proactively implements post-graduate chemistry/biochemistry programmes, including bioinformatics as an essential tool for data management and the structure-function elucidation of natural products. Through these programmes SABINA develops and strengthens networks that integrate chemical and biological sciences in key Southern African Development Community (SADC) universities.

The Policy and Support Actions for Southern African Natural Product Partnership (POL-SABINA) links the SABINA network to policy makers, farmers, entrepreneurs. POL-SABINA provides training on various business topics, the management of intellectual property rights and indigenous knowledge systems, and facilitates policy development. POL-SABINA is also developing an advanced knowledge management system or virtual research environment (VRE).