Natural medicines from fungi, plants and animals

Subject description

The following contents will be presented and siscussed:

  1. Medicinal substances from plants as well as plant crude extracts will be presented in terms of their strucure/activity realtionship, therapeutic use and clinical importance; 
  2. The importance of mushrooms in Chinese traditional medicine and worldwide, species of medicinal mushrooms, biotechnological methods of their cultivation, extraction of active components from fungi (enzymes, polysaccharides, lectins, antioxidants, terpenoids, proteoglycans and protein derivatives), the use of nutrition supplements for preventive and curative purposes and relieve the symptoms of antitumour therapies, and preparation of fungal products in the form of tinctures, powders or capsules;
  3. The synthesis, biological significance, purification and biological activity of natural products from animal sources. Particular emphasis will be given to natural products deriving from marine animals. The use of marine natural products and animal toxins in biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmacology and industry.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Students will get deeper insight into research problems which he or she will upgrade in her/his doctoral thesis. The contents are not intended to extensively broaden the theoretical knowledge but should introduce specific problems, indicate methods and techniques with which the problem can be addressed. Students should get familiar with previous research in the field of their doctoral thesis.

Teaching and learning methods

Frontal ex-cathedra teaching (2.5 hr per lecturer); preparation and supervision of Journal clubs; preparation of problem tasks, discussion and consultation. Asesement and correction of problem solutions.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Such an approach should result in the proper planning of research experiments which can test the hypotheses raised in the doctoral thesis.


Basic sources and literature

Učbenik: Sodobna fitoterapija, urednika: Samo Kreft, Nina Glavač Hočevar, SFD, 2013, ISBN: 978-961-92900-5-7/ Monograph: Modern Phytotherapy, SFD 2013, Samo Kreft, Nina Glavač Hočevar, eds; ISBN: 978-961-92900-5-7


Pregledni članki in novejši znanstveni članki s področja/Review papers and recent scientific papers

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