Department of Pharmacognosy and Botany is sole accredited workplace in the field of Pharmacognosy in Slovakia. At the same time it has many cooperation activities in relevant medical, chemical, and biological disciplines.
Section of Pharmacognosy research activity is currently focused in following research areas:
- screening of biological activities (cytotoxic, antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, antidiabetic, estrogenic, and immunomodulative) as well as antioxidative effects of selected plant species followed by isolation and identification their active principles,
- positive influence of plant extracts on blood vessels diabetic complication due to in vitro and ex vivo antiglycative and antioxidative activities of seconadry metabolites, mainly of polyphenols,
- study of interactions protein – plant secondary metabolite(s) in the presence of selected registered drugs,
- study of synergy effects of plant extracts and their selected constituents.
Section of Botany and Pharmacoergasy studies the exogen factors impact on medicinal plants. On the initiative of pharma-industry the research is focused on yield of biomass, biological efficacy, and foreign matter resídues presence.