Department of Pharmacognosy

Research

Research topics:

  • Antimicrobial activity of essential oils and other plant-derived substances
  • Carotenoids in medicinal plants
  • Chemotaxonomy of medicinal plant populations
  • Effect of plant extracts on seed germination
  • Ethnobotanical values of medicinal plant usage
  • In vitro and in vivo models for studying the anti-inflammatory effect of essential oils and carotenoids
  • Marker compounds, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of honeys derived from medicinal plants
  • Nectary, nectar production and specific metabolites of the nectar in medicinal plants
  • Phytochemical investigation of aromatic plants
  • Solubility dynamics of water-soluble effective substances in tea drugs and species

Current scientific projects:

EFOP-3.6.1-16
"Institutional Developments for Enhancing Intelligent Specialization" program:
"Investigation of the Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory Effect of Essential Oils and their Components to Achieve Optimal Drug Therapy" research topic
Principal investigator: Dr. Györgyi Horváth
 
OTKA K115931
"Studies on natural and semisynthetic carotenoids"
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. József Deli
Duration of grant: 2015-2019
Financial support: 26,444,000 Ft 
 
University of Pécs Talent Centre:
"Investigation of the metabolism of natural and synthetic active compounds in diabetic rat model"
Investigator: Dr. Tímea Bencsik, Dr. Györgyi Horváth
Duration of grant: 2017-2018

scientific grants of the last 10 years:

OTKA PD 108534
Ethnobotanical studies in Transylvania, Romania
Principal investigator: Dr. Nóra Papp
Duration of grant: 2013-2017
Financial support: 4,830,000 Ft

 

OTKA PD 104660
Essential oils and their main components as antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory substances

Principal investigator: Dr. Györgyi Horváth
Duration of grant: 2013-2015
Financial support: 7,800,000 Ft
 
OTKA K 83898
"Isolation, synthesis and structure elucidation of natural and synthetic carotenoids"
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. József Deli
Duration of grant: 2011-2015
Financial support: 24,000,000 Ft
 
OTKA K 76176
Significance of carotenoids and carotenoid-isomers in plant biochemistry
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Péter Molnár
Duration of grant: 2009-2012
Financial support: 14,400,000 Ft
 
OTKA K 60121
"Isolation and structure elucidation of natural and semisynthetic carotenoids"
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. József Deli
Duration of grant: 2006-2009
Financial support: 18,000,000 Ft
 
OTKA F 48815
"Structure and secretory activity of floral nectary, specific metabolites of the nectar in some medicinal plants"
Principal investigator: Dr. Ágnes Farkas
Duration of grant: 2004-2007
Financial support: 4,500,000 Ft
 
NKFP 3A061_04
"Large scale production, utilization and recycling of biomass, together with ecological and regional control in the South Transdanubian Region"
Consortium leader: Dr. Attila Borhidi (University of Pécs, Faculty of Natural Sciences)
Investigator: Dr. Ágnes Farkas
Duration of grant: 2004-2007
Financial support: 514,000,000 Ft
 

Co-operating Institutions:

  • University of Pécs, Faculty of Pharmacy - Department of Pharmaceutics, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Department of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Biology
  • University of Pécs, Medical School - Institute of Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry,  Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Department of Public Health 
  • University of Pécs, Faculty of Natural Sciences - Department of Plant Biology
  • University of Pécs, Research Institute for Viticulture and Oenology
  • Szent István University, Department of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Budapest
  • Semmelweis University, Institute of Pharmacognosy, Budapest
  • University of Szeged, Institute of Pharmacognosy, Szeged
  • Medicinal Plant Research Institute, Budakalász
  • Schmidt und Co. Medicinal and Culinary Plants Trade Ltd. , Baksa
  • Mecsek-Drug Ltd., Pécsvárad
  • PannonPharma Ltd., Pécsvárad
  • Arura Essential Oil Manufacture, Szigetvár