An innovative study, with authors from EuroMarine member organisation Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro (UA), has been published in the renowned magazine Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The paper describes how the authors compiled and analyzed a database of scientific peer-reviewed publications over a period of 50 y (1965 to 2015) relevant to capacity-building in global marine natural product discovery. Their use of publication and authorship metrics to assess how the capacity to become scientifically proficient, prolific, and independent has changed in bioprospecting countries provides essential data for decision makers by quantifying, on a global scale, the impact of the last 50 years of scientific training on discoveries of natural products of marine origin. This information is at the heart of the issues covered by the Nagoya Protocol, and this study therefore acts as a stepping-stone toward evidence-based capacity building for bioprospecting as originally envisioned in the framework of high-level international fora that produced such legislation.
Since the article provides measurable data comparable across countries around the world, it is expected that these results may influence high-level international political negotiations that currently take place on access and benefit sharing associated with the exploitation of biological resources.