Special Issue "Marine Natural Product of the South Pacific Area II"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ali Al-Mourabit
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Guest Editor
CNRS, Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, Université Paris-Saclay, F-91190 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Interests: bioactive substances from marine organisms; natural product isolation; biomechanistic analysis; biomimetic synthesis; total synthesis; medicinal chemistry
Dr. Sylvain Petek
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Guest Editor
IRD, Univ Brest, CNRS, Ifremer, LEMAR, F-29280 Plouzane, France
Interests: marine invertebrates; natural product extraction; natural product isolation; bioactive compounds; chemotaxonomy; quorum sensing; anticancer and anti-infective agents; scientific database
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The South Pacific is a huge region but is often seen only in relation to its tropical and coral reef aspects of the Oceania part. However, it includes temperate Oceania and the Pacific Antarctica regions and a great part of the western coast of South America. The South Pacific offers a tiny portion of inhabited, enclosed land compared to the vastness of the ocean. The tropical islands, being either continental relics, such as part of Melanesia, or of volcanic origin, such as the Polynesian Islands, display protective coral reefs that are home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, offering an incredible treasure trove of natural products. The cold and deep environments are not to be outdone: in addition to a rich bathyal and abyssal fauna, these biotopes offer a mine of microorganisms with important biotechnological potential.

This Special Issue dedicated to the South Pacific offers researchers the opportunity to publish their original work in a large number of fields: natural products of fauna and flora, as well as of microorganisms, presenting biological activities in a large number of domains, whether for health, environmental, or biotechnological applications. The huge array of species gives us the opportunity to discover new minor compounds and key biosynthetic intermediates, which allow us to further understand the biogenetic pathways and to plan biomimetic syntheses. Sustainable production of natural products is of a great interest in the actual context of blue chemistry. All these chemical, biological and ecological aspects are welcome in this issue.

Dr. Ali Al-Mourabit
Dr. Sylvain Petek
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • South Pacific
  • Pacific–Antarctic
  • bioactive metabolites
  • biotechnological applications
  • natural products
  • toxins
  • total synthesis
  • biomimetic synthesis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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