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.


In der jährlichen Generalversammlung der ESCOP (European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy), die heuer in der Schweiz stattfand, wurde Liselotte Krenn in ihrer Funktion bestätigt.


The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA) congratulates the Nobel Prize Winners for their breakthrough discoveries! We are proud that two of them selected Planta Medica, the official journal of GA, as a medium for reporting some of their important findings.



We and the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) congratulate three scientists whose work in pharmacognosy, the study of natural compounds, led to being awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize this year.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

01.10.2015 - 21.01.2016


Natürliche Geschmacksver­stär­ker: Sie würzen ausgezeichnet und können das Wohlbefinden positiv beeinflussen. Die Volksmedizin vertraut seit Jahrhunderten auf ihre Kraft.


Mit 1. September trat Herr Sergey Zotchev seine Stelle als Professor für Pharmaceutical Biotechnology am Department für Pharmakognosie an.