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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 74, No. 4, pp. iv (2002)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 74, Issue 4


It was a great honor and personal privilege for me to organize the 3rd IUPAC International Conference on Biodiversity (ICOB-3) in Antalya, Turkey during 3-8 November 2001, despite the adverse circumstances in the world after the tragic events of September 11th in the United States.

We were delighted to welcome the distinguished gathering of scientists from 40 countries to Antalya for the ICOB-3. Thank you very much for attending and delivering excellent lectures and posters.

This conference was part of a series of IUPAC-sponsored international conferences that are held every two years, and initiated by the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division. The aim of this series of conferences is to understand the value of biological resources and the need for their conservation in terms of the biomolecular chemistry of naturally occurring molecular systems. The special properties of biomolecules and their sustainable utilization have been discussed among molecularly oriented scientists from universities, government institutions, and industrial organizations from different regions. The development of pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial products from bioresources can be used to promote incentives for conservation by providing an economic return to sustainable use of those sources. Therefore, ICOB-3 was an excellent occasion for a rich scientific diversity and cultural exchange. The many scientists who represent institutions from five continents generated novel and fruitful ideas to accelerate the future researches and valuable guidelines regarding development of activities for sustainable utilization of biodiversity and conservation of the environment for welfare of humans and other living organisms.

The conference program included plenary and invited lectures and poster presentations.

The ICOB-3 session topics were: Chemical Basis of Biodiversity, Biomolecular Aspects of Biodiversity and Innovative Utilization. In addition, a panel was organized as a discussion forum on International Cooperation on Molecular Biodiversity.

The manuscripts of six plenary lectures are published in this issue of PAC. The conference proceedings are being published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers as Biodiversity: Biomolecular Aspects of Biodiversity and Innovative Utilization.
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The next IUPAC-sponsored Biodiversity Conference (ICOB-4) will be held in New Delhi, India during the year 2004.

Prof. Bilge S•ener
Conference Chair, ICOB-3

* Lecture presented at the 3rd IUPAC International Conference on Biodiversity (ICOB-3), Antalya, Turkey, 3-8 November 2001. Other presentations are presented in this issue, pp. 511–584.

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