Is the Sea an Eldorado for Bioactive Substances?Elisabetta Tosti*
Maria Costantini, Alessandra Gallo, Stazione Zoologica, Naples, Italy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Elisabetta Tosti
Animal Physiology and Evolution laboratory
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date November 07, 2012; Accepted date November 07, 2012; Published date November 11, 2012
Citation: Tosti E (2013) Is the Sea an Eldorado for Bioactive Substances? J Marine Sci Res Dev 3:e114. doi: 10.4172/2155-9910.1000e114
Copyright: © 2013 Tosti E. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Since ancient times, the environment has been utilized as a source of compounds active against a series of diseases . Higher plants for examples have been used for centuries to extract drugs exerting different effects. The most popular in the world is undoubtedly the salicylic acid, precursor of the aspirin, initially isolated from the willow tree.