Third set of awards are announced under interagency biodiversity program

algae in collaboration with Oregon State University, Panama's National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Nature Foundation of Panama, the University of Panama, Novartis Oncology and Dow Agrosciences.
  • David G.I. Kingston of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, is collaborating in a third five-year ICBG to study tropical plants and marine organisms in Madagascar. The group includes Missouri Botanical Garden, Conservation International, the Madagascar National Centers for Pharmaceutical Research, for Environmental Research and for Oceanographic Research as well as Eisai Pharmaceutical Research Institute and Dow Agrosciences.
  • Djaja "Doel" Soejarto and colleagues from the University of Illinois at Chicago are leading a second five year program to integrate studies on biodiversity and the discovery pharmacological agents for AIDS, cancer, malaria and tuberculosis from tropical forest plants of Laos and Vietnam. Collaborating institutions include the National Center for Natural Sciences and Technology and Cuc-Phuong National Park in Vietnam, the Research Institute for Medicinal Plants in Laos, Purdue University and Bristol Myers-Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute.
  • Louis Barrows and colleagues from the University of Utah are collaborating with several organizations in the U.S. and Papua New Guinea to assess forest and coral reef organisms of Papua New Guinea as sources of pharmaceutical and botanical therapies for local and global health needs. Partners in this project include the University of Papua New Guinea, National Forest Research Institute, and PNG Bionet of Papua New Guinea,the Smithsonian Institution University of Miami, Nature Conservancy, Brigham Young University and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
  • Ilya Raskin and colleagues from Rutgers University lead a project focused on the plant, fungal and microbial biodiversity

  • Contact: Cheryl Dybas
    National Science Foundation

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