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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 77, No. 1, p. iv (2005)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 77, Issue 1

Papers based on presentations at the 24th International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products and the 4th International Congress on Biodiversity, Delhi, India, 26-31 January 2004

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Discoveries for the advancement of medicine and the understanding of life sciences constitute one of the most powerful ways in which biodiversity can contribute to the welfare of human society. Biodiversity and health are intrinsically linked, and this link is vitally important to the human race. Bioresources have tremendous potential in providing bioactive compounds for the development of new lead candidates for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and agrochemicals. Besides plant materials, the past century has seen an increasing role played by microorganisms in the production of antibiotics and other drugs for the treatment of serious diseases. More recently, marine organisms have proved to be a rich source of novel bioactive agents. The analysis of the human genome, as well as advances in the description of the genomes of pathogenic microbes and parasites, is permitting the determination of many of the protein structures associated with disease processes. With the development of new molecular targets based on these proteins, there is an increasing demand for novel molecular diversity for screening.

To address these issues related to biodiversity, the University of Delhi, in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), organized a joint meeting of the biannual IUPAC Conferences ICOB-4 and ISCNP-24 in Delhi during 26-31 January 2004. The scientific program included nearly 175 plenary/invited lectures and 450 posters by eminent scientists from all over the world. Presentations were made in the areas of biodiversity and bioprospecting (13); innovative utilization of bioresources (79); novel strategies in integrated pest management (5); integration and conservation of bioresources (9); environmental, economic, social, and ethnic perspectives of biodiversity (8); bioremediation of industrial and nuclear waste (6); biodiversity and traditional systems of medicine (7); biodiversity in nutrition, ecology, and cultures (2); environmentally benign synthetic strategies and green chemistry (25); nucleic acid chemistry, oligonucleotide synthesis, glycoconjugate chemistry, glycobiology and genomics, and proteomics (21). Nearly 1000 eminent scientists and research scholars from around the globe participated in the meeting. The issue of biodiversity was discussed with emphasis on different perspectives, e.g., natural products chemistry, biocatalysis, nucleic acid chemistry, green chemistry, etc.

The conference made it possible for us to bring together people from different disciplines on a single platform and benefited the army of young scientists.

Virinder S. Parmar
Conference Editor

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President: G. Mehta (FNA Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore); Chairman: V. S. Parmar (Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi).
Advisory Board: C. R. Babu (Chairperson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi).
Members: P. S. Ahuja (India); J. Akkara (USA); S. K. Arora (India); P. Balaram, FNA (India); R. Barbhaiya (India); D. StC. Black (Australia); A. C. Burman (UK); S. Chandrasekaran, FNA (India); M. J. Collins (USA); G. Cragg (USA); A. Datta, FNA (India); S. Dev, FNA (India); K. N. Ganesh, FNA (India); A. K. Ganguly (USA); M. K. Gurjar (India); J. Iqbal, FNA (India); M. Isobe (Japan); V. T. Ivanov (Russia); H. Kagan (France); S. V. Kessar, FNA (India); J. M. Khanna (India); S. P. S. Khanuja (India); G. Kishore (USA); L. Lange (Denmark); T. Lindhorst (Germany); B. B. Lohray (India); S. Mallick; V. K. Manchanda (India); K. Mazumdar-Shaw (India); J. P. Mittal, FNA (India); K. Mookhtiar (India); R. Mukherjee (India); V. Nagaraja, FNA (India); K. Nagarajan, FNA (India); S. Narasimhan (India); G. Nicolosi (Italy); T. Norin (Sweden); C. E. Olsen (Denmark); D. Paintal, FNA (India); U. K. Pandit (Netherlands); V. Prakash (India); Pushpangadan, (India); G. N. Qazi (India); Atta-ur-Rahman (Pakistan); S. Ranganathan, FNA (India); P. Rao (India); S. Rao, FNA (India); S. M. Roberts (UK); G. Rossey (France); B. N. Roy (India); O. Seitz (Germany); B. Sener (Turkey); H. Singh, FNA (India); R. Singh (USA); N. J. de Souza (India); K. Taira (Japan); E. J. Thomas (UK); S. Upadhyay (India); P. Venkat (India); A. Venkateswarlu (India); H. Waldmann (Germany); A. C. Watterson (USA); J. Wengel (Denmark); J. S. Yadav, FNA (India); A. Zaks (USA); L.-H. Zhang (China).


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