Phytochemical screening of the native forest of Uruguay River

Biodiversity prospecting is the exploration of an ecosystem for information regarding possible innovative uses in different human production processes. Examples of the kind of information sought are the scientific data contained in the genetic material of living organisms, the chemical compounds they produce and their interactions or in the knowledge of people that have interacted with them in various ways. One of the tools of biodiversity prospecting is searching for chemical information. This information is contained in the compounds produced by many living beings to communicate, to defend themselves and exchange information, and they are known as secondary metabolites. In this project, we propose the botanical, chemical and biological biodiversity prospecting of the gallery forest of the Uruguay River Basin near the Guaviyú stream. This particular ecosystem presents a substantial biodiversity of approximately 200 species with an unusual subtropical profile.

Bioprospection; phytochemical screening

Sociedade Brasileira de Farmacognosia Universidade Federal do Paraná, Laboratório de Farmacognosia, Rua Pref. Lothario Meissner, 632 - Jd. Botânico, 80210-170, Curitiba, PR, Brasil, Tel/FAX (41) 3360-4062 - Curitiba - PR - Brazil