Welcome to the web pages of Natural Chemistry Research Group

Interested in high-quality analyses of plant specialized metabolites? Want to reveal their true chemical diversity and functions in nature, and how to use them to increase the value of threatened species? Or you want to use these compounds to benefit human or animal health? Want to know also their evolutionary history and distribution in the plant kingdom? Hey, you share our passion for science!

Our research activities focus on thousands of plant species located at five continents. We develop and utilize new chemical methods for the detection and characterization of even such organic metabolites that have not been known to be produced by the Mother Nature before. At the same time we create compound-specific analysis methods for various types of compounds to enable their accurate quantification from any compound mixture containing them. All our research aims for better understanding of the significance of specialized metabolites in plants, insects and microbes and for their better utilization of the metabolites in various applications.

For more information, navigate these pages via the menu on top, have a look at our publications or contact j-p.salminen(at)utu.fi.