Definition of bioprospecting in English:

bioprospecting

noun

  • The search for plant and animal species from which medicinal drugs and other commercially valuable compounds can be obtained.

    • ‘I asked Doctor Jon Copley from the Southhampton Oceanography Centre, about some of the more unusual outcomes of bioprospecting.’
    • ‘Conservationists, however, say the challenge is to design models for bioprospecting that link such discoveries to conservation.’
    • ‘The search for biologically active natural products is sometimes referred to as biodiversity prospecting or bioprospecting.’
    • ‘Wilson is equally interesting on the subject of bioprospecting.’
    • ‘The claims of biopiracy were also meritless, resting on a stupid claim that bioprospecting was illegitimate unless all indigenous communities in a region approve it.’
    • ‘It requires a good idea of where to go searching, patience and a dose of good luck, but with bioprospecting the ultimate prize is perhaps more valuable than gold.’
    • ‘Until now, bioprospecting has proceeded largely by private contractual arrangement.’
    • ‘Such concerns notwithstanding, some insist that potential gains from bioprospecting can motivate poor countries to preserve their biological diversity.’
    • ‘While traditional communities worldwide struggle to catch up with the implications of bioprospecting and biopiracy, technological advances are further removing them from the equation.’
    • ‘Gene patenting and bioprospecting are aimed not only at the plants that native peoples have used and nurtured throughout centuries but also at the genes of those peoples themselves.’
    • ‘The book is both an impassioned appeal and a guide to measures that can be taken to save the planet, such as the cessation of logging in old-growth forests and the creation of jobs in conservation and bioprospecting.’
    • ‘Here are the seeds of the contemporary bioprospecting and biotechnology industries.’
    • ‘Many pharmaceutical companies are currently engaged in bioprospecting, which consists of testing plant species for potentially useful compounds, sometimes signing agreements with national governments for permission.’
    • ‘Moreover, new problems are emerging from sources such as offshore aquaculture, wind energy development, bioprospecting, and ever-deeper oil and gas exploration.’
    • ‘Most people believe that bioprospecting is limited to pharmaceuticals, but it isn't.’
    • ‘It oversees the permits and insures that no harm results from bioprospecting.’
    • ‘If natural compounds are likely to provide substantial breakthroughs, bioprospecting should provide for most of this benefit, but bioprospecting itself does not require widescale preservation of biodiversity in the wild.’

Origin

1990s: from bio(diversity) prospecting.

Pronunciation

bioprospecting

/ˌbīōˈpräspektiNG/