Authors: Jonathan Bisson , James McAlpine, James Graham, Guido F. Pauli
Subjects: Ontology NAPRALERT database pharmacognosy
NAPRALERT is a database on natural products, including data on ethnobotany, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and clinical trials from literature dating back to the 19th century. Established in 1975 by Norman R. Farnsworth, it became a web accessible resource in 2005 but soon became stagnant while literature grew exponentially. After a complete rewrite of the platform, the focus is now on connecting this resource to the rest of the existing databases and expanding its usability. The creation of a Pharmacognosy/Natural Product ontology will foster better understanding of this domain, its linking potential with other resources and the ability to automatize literature annotation and entry efficiently.