Two papers by NCRG made into the top 4% of JAFC

Advances in Polyphenol Research: A Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Virtual Issue Scientists have investigated polyphenols since at least the start of the 19th century, and these compounds continue to be the subject of intense activity, with some 500 papers published in just the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) between January 2016 and July […]

The most extensive Eucalyptus screening results revealed

Group-specific UPLC-MS/MS analyses of eight groups of polyphenols of 628 eucalypts from the genera Eucalyptus, Angophora and Corymbia revealed wide presence of high concentrations of polyphenols, particularly ellagitannins Marsh et al. (2017) was the first paper resulting of our collaborative efforts with Bill Foley’s group to better understand the role of eucalypt polyphenol chemistry in […]

Chemistry shows how to eat a rainforest

Recent multidisciplinary project combined evolutionary history and plant chemistry to understand and predict the occurrence of herbivorous insects across rainforest plants. This study was published in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Papua New Guinea is one of the few places on earth where one can find large areas of still untouched […]

New tools for bioactive oligomeric ellagitannins

MSc Nicolas Baert from the Natural Chemistry Research Group ( defended his doctoral thesis on August 18. The excellent doctoral training Nicolas enjoyed during the LegumePlus project has already paid off, since Nico travelled to Turku from the Cornell University, New York, where he holds his new post-doc position. It is perhaps a matter of […]

NCRG tannin analyses expand to Australia

There are more than 600 species of Eucalyptus in Australia and only little is known of their exact composition and content of ellagitannins, galloyl glucoses, gallotannins, procyanidins and prodelphinidins. Such knowledge would be crucial to understand and make improvements to Eucalyptus-herbivore interactions. Eucalyptus–koala interactions Koalas are unique to Australia and perhaps the best known and […]

Want to have an MSc in Natural Compound Chemistry?

Positions are now open in our Master’s Degree Programme, where you can choose between three disciplines belonging to the field of Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry Our programme provides you with strong knowledge on one or more of the following topics: design and synthesis of new drugs, radiolabelling and enhanced targeting of drugs, or screening, isolation […]

New experiences by Erasmus+ exchange

Erasmus+ programme offers great opportunities to go abroad. Dr. Emilija Svirčev from University of Novi Sad, Serbia, visited our lab in April 2017 and now it was the time for a return visit. Maarit visited the LAFIB lab this November. Erasmus+ programme is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It aims to […]

NCRG went pain(t)balling – reds came out as winners

Natural Chemistry Research Group spent a really nice and eventful evening by shooting each other as accurately and as painfully as possible for two hours. Fourteen group members were divided between two teams: the blues and the reds. With these color codes it was obvious at least for the group leader that the reds will […]

Understanding the bioactivity of plant tannins

MSc Marica Engström from the Natural Chemistry Research Group ( defended her doctoral thesis on June 17. The method developments and findings included in the thesis will have a significant impact on all fields of science dealing with tannin chemical analysis. New tools for rapid tannin fingerprinting by UPLC-MS/MS The most significant results of the […]