The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Opisthobranch Biodiversity in Indonesia



Quick facts

Project title: 
Indonesian Opisthobranchs and associated microorganisms - from biodiversity to drug lead discovery
ZFMK Project lead: 
Object of research: 
Snails and Slugs


The Indonesian coastline is characterized by an extremely high biodiversity. This project focusses on a specific bio-system, i.e. Opisthobranchia, their prey organisms, and the associated microorganisms. Based on our knowledge on systematics and ecology of these organisms, the final goal is to identify new drug leads for antibiotics development in a cooperation with colleagues from the Pharmaceutical Biology of the university of Bonn.

Sea slugs, forced by the absence of a protective shell, developed highly specialized defense strategies to protect their sensitive epidermis against micro and small organisms, as well as larger predators like fish and crabs. Especially chemical substances fulfill this protective role.


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