The multifarious flora which may be admired in Frankfurt's Palmengarten botanical garden comprises an inexhaustible reservoir of natural substances essential for the organisms, for each of these biomolecules fulfils a specific function – be it in connection with cellular metabolic processes or with respect to complex cell differentiation steps during periods of growth.
Not only are these natural substances useful for the plants themselves, they are just as versatile when it comes to their application in foods, cosmetics, drugs, freshness retainers or cleaning agents. We have a major part of this "toolbox of nature" available in our BioArchive, and in this edition of BLICKWINKEL, we shine a light on the research we are conducting for which market segments by means of bioactive natural substances and which specific expertise is required for success.
In a guest article, Prof. Dr. Joachim J. Schmitt of Fulda University of Applied Sciences explains how natural substances may help make a whole range of foods healthier. BRAIN's PerillicActive development programme, which is also presented in this edition of BLICKWINKEL, deals with concrete product ideas for nature-based freshness and product stability on the basis of fermented orange oil.
Dr. Karsten Siems und Dr. Lars Ole Haustedt of AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH get their say in great detail. As the market leader in the field of natural substance libraries with access to some 15 per cent of all known natural substances, the Potsdam-based member of the BRAIN group makes a valuable contribution to programmes such as DOLCE, which is all about natural sweeteners and sweet taste enhancers. The "Power of Analytics", an article about the Analytics Technology Platform coordinated by BRAIN's Dr. Simon Seibert, highlights other essential fields of expertise and USPs which round off and stimulate the work undertaken at BRAIN.