Indian Marine Pharmacology: A sneak peek into the ecosystem

  • Sripathi Rao Kulkarni
  • Madhu Dikshit Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India 226031


This article tries to sift and collate the current status of the Marine Pharmacology with specific reference to the Indian contributions. The rich and diverse marine flora and fauna along the Indian coastline offers a wealth of resources to explore and exploit towards the benefit of the human health ranging from antioxidants/anti-inflammatory to antibacterials/antimicrobials to anticancer entities and further to those that affect metabolic syndromes. It specifically outlines the range of chemical entities and/or their derivatives that are explored from the marine ecosystems towards various pharmacological indications.