Mauritius, together with Rodrigues possess a rich biodiversity comprising both endemic and exotic flora and fauna and represent a goldmine for the global food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, yet it has been largely under-utilized up until now.
With the increasing demand for natural products or plant-based products, the endemic flora and fauna hold immense potentials for the food, pharmaceutical industry and economic development.
"We need to protect our oceans as if our lives depend on it - because they do." - Sylvia Earle
We would like to introduce Dr Kamla Ruby Moothien Pillay, the Director of Mauritius Oceanography Institute, a passionate explorer of the undersea world. With a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Madras (India), Dr Moothien Pillay has started her marine research career in the early 1990s at the Ministry of Fisheries in Mauritius.
Mauritius, together with Rodrigues Island, is well known for its unique biodiversity and presents a green goldmine for the global pharmaceutical industry, yet it has been largely underutilised up until now. With the increasing demand for natural products or plant-based ingredients, Dr Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun's work holds immense potential for pharmaceutical industry and economic development.
In Mauritius, in a small village named Anse Jonchée, where people depend on agriculture and fishing to earn their living, Mrs Laurianne Ghansseeram started her own small business of plant-based essential oils production in 2006. She owns a small fancy shop named 'Les Huiles essentielles de Laurianne' and a traditional distillation factory located in front of her house, which catch the attention of all tourists passing by who are her main customers.
“The eradication of hunger is not just an end in itself: It is a first step toward sustainable development and progress in general, for a hungry man is not a free man. He cannot focus on anything else but securing his next meal,” said Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former U.N. Secretary General.
As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.
Dear Fellow Students and Researchers,
I am honoured and pleased to have been selected by the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) to be their Student Ambassador for Mauritius.
My name is Meenakshi Devina Lobine. Born and raised in Mauritius, I have grown into a hardworking and ambitious woman. I am thankful to my parents who have left no stone unturned to educate me and to instill the essence of self-esteem and self-dependency in me.
NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II arranged a Lean LaunchPad™ Training Program for shortlisted seed funding candidates at the CSIR in Pretoria on 14–18 March 2016 to facilitate better proposal writing.
The following is a throwback to last year when our team visited Mauritius.