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Specific compounds derived from plants    
In many cases a plant is the only, or best, source of useful compounds. CINVESTAV-Irapuato researchers investigate useful compounds found in plants and also methods for increasing the amounts of the compounds that can be isolated.

Dr. Agustino Martínez Antonio- Dr. Martinez has discovered that the Mucuna pruriens bean is a sustainable source for the wide-range energy absorption material melanin. (Link to information sheet)

Dr. Alejandro Blanco Labra- Dr. Blanco’s research has identified lectins in tepary beans that show promise as agents to treat or diagnose cancer. (Link to information sheet)

Dra. Nayelli Marsch Martinez- Dra. Marsch researches the enhanced production of vinblastine and vincristine from catharanthus roseus. (Link to information sheet)