Mission Statement

The Division of Pharmacognosy carries out research in pharmaceutical sciences focused on natural products from medicinal plants and microorganisms. Major tasks are the discovery of new biologically active compounds from natural sources and the characterization of their molecular mode of action contributing to a better understanding of the interaction of natural products and complex cellular systems. Our aim is pharmaceutical lead and target identification, the quality improvement of herbal medicinal products as well as the sustainable production of natural products by biotechnological approaches.

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Thanks to the initiative of the editor-in-chief Robert Fürst a special issue of Planta Medica could be dedicated to Prof. Wolfgang Kubelka on the occasion of the 85th birthday. Upon invitation by the guest editors Elke Heiss and Liselotte Krenn numerous colleagues and former students of Prof. Kubelka from several countries happily contributed papers.


14.10.2020, 22:20: ORF III "treffpunkt medizin - Der Wald als Heiler": Contribution of the Department of Pharmacognosy, still available at ORF-TVthek (starting at 31:00min). With interviews of Brigitte Kopp.


12. -16.10.2020: Sabine Glasl-Taszeiter: Vom Leben der Natur: Tollkirsche, Seidelbast & Co – attraktiv, aber gefährlich.


06.10.2020: Brigitte Kopp in "Guten Morgen Österreich": Grippale Infekte/Atemwegserkrankungen und Antibiotikaresistenz - und Einsatz der Phytopharmaka.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

01.10.2020 - 21.01.2021



Challenged by an online setup in front of screen and webcam, Eva Mittermair successfully defended her thesis entitled "Xanthones from Metaxya rostrata as promising new lead compounds for cancer therapy" on September 28, 2020 (in cooperation with the Institute of Cancer Research, MedUni Wien). We are looking forward to celebrating her success in real life as soon as the Corona-regulations will allow it! Congratulations Evi!

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