Ecological and Biochemistry

Ecological and Biochemistry Research Group is combination of Chemical ecology and Biochemistry.

Chemical Ecology or Ecological Chemistry is highly interdisciplinary field. It deals with the study of chemical interactions between living organisms and their environment, as the result of those interactions the behavior of living organisms and evolution involved. Chemical ecology studies focuses on the biochemistry of ecology and the specific molecules or groups of molecules termed as semiochemicals (signaling chemicals) that function as signals to initiate, modulate, or terminate a variety of biological processes such as metabolism. Molecules that serve in such roles typically are readily diffusible organic substances of low molecular mass that derive from secondary metabolic pathways, but also include peptides and other natural products. Chemical ecological processes mediated by semiochemicals include ones that are intraspecific (occurring within a species) or that are interspecific (occurring between species). A variety of functional subtypes of signals are pheromones, allomones, kairomones, and attractants and repellents.

 


Focus Areas

Our research group interests including but not limited to: 

Plant metablomics and microbial metablomics

Development of analytical method using GC-MS and HPLC-MS for the identification and quanitfication of of organic molecules from various sources such as plants, bacteria and fungi.

Identifcation of bioactive compounds for the control of blood sucking insects such as dengue mosquito and ticks.

Isolation  and identifiation of bioative compounds from indeginous plants to be used for the control of stored grain beetle.

Biological activity guided separation and structure elucidation of natural products from plants and microbes.

Bio-degradation and bio-conversion of waste materials to valuable products.

Bioremediation of polluted soils and water.  

Bioconversion of biomass into liquid biofuels as well as  isolation and chemical characterization of active ingredients from plant sources into macromolecules.

Search for new edible fats, sugars and proteins for human digestion from fruits and vegetables.

Bioactivity guided isolation and analytical techniques based characterization of various secondary metabolites from local flora , fruits and vegetables.