Natural Product Library

The A*STAR Natural Product Library (NPL) comprises of a diverse collection of 37,000 plant specimens, 123,000 environmental microbial strains and 330,000 organic extracts derived from these plants and microbes. Approximately 25% of the extracts have been chemically fingerprinted using an automated LCMS characterisation system. It is a rich resource for the discovery of natural substances with functional properties suitable for food, consumer care, agrochemical and pharmaceutical applications.


Our Taste Receptor Platform studies molecular underpinnings of tastant and taste receptor recognition with in vitro approaches. Our capabilities in assay development, high throughput technologies for screening, and in silico screening allow us to rapidly screen naturally-derived molecules for novel and healthy food ingredients. We work with companies to provide R&D insights on their development ingredients and their processes to develop better ingredients and products for consumers.