This 16-page magazine offers a well-illustrated, up-to-date (2004) review of some major scientific advances by Florida’s network of research faculty and students. Topics include potential medical products from ocean organisms and the use of genetic fingerprints and molecular sensors to detect product quality and environmental contaminants. View PDF.
One of the greatest challenges in exploiting the enormous potential benefits of marine natural products is the difficulty in finding sustainable means of production for compounds of interest. Having sustainable supplies is not only critical if a chemical is to be marketed as a drug or other product, reliable production is also a necessity to support the research needed to study and understand novel compounds before commercial potential can even be evaluated. View PDF.
This special issue of Fathom (March, 1997) contains 11 articles that summarize early Florida Sea Grant research and outreach in biotechnology. Topics include work on sea oat cultivation, genetic tags of marine fish, and cell culture of marine organisms. Facilities across the state involved in biotechnology research are described. View online.
This is the first census of Florida’s network of collegiate faculty involved in research and education in marine biotechnology. The 78 faculty included here describe their areas of scientific expertise, research, and teaching. Predominant fields are marine bioproducts; marine animal health; coastal human health risks; aquaculture; coastal habitat restoration; and forensics and monitoring. View PDF.
The biotechnology revolution has created enormous opportunities for research and economic development. The national Sea Grant network’s investment in marine biotechnology has placed it at the forefront of the field. View PDF.
Marine biotechnology is a new economic sector globally, and is in its infancy in Florida. As an industry, it is still a very small part of biotechnology overall, but one where Florida has potential and real advantages over many areas for developing a robust commercial, technical and educational investment. This publication presents results of a Florida Sea Grant survey to take the pulse of Florida’s biotechnology industry, in order to inform business leaders, university faculty, and government/ legislative interests about possibilities for development of this sector. View PDF.
Florida life scientists are making advances in discovering and developing new products and processes from the ocean’s natural bounty. Applications extend to healthcare, economic development and environmental conservation. In less than a decade, Florida Sea Grant has developed perhaps the largest marine biotechnology research theme among all Sea Grant programs nationally, and now is building an outreach capability to transfer the scientific knowledge base that its research has created. View PDF.