bio.fsm.undip.ac.id. Dr. Yulita Nurchayati, S.Si, M.Si, a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Diponegoro University, has demonstrated commitment and expertise in exploring the potential of plants through in-depth research. She is part of the research group focusing on the Biology of Plant Structure and Function, with a specific emphasis on the production of plant secondary metabolites.
The theme of Dr. Yulita’s research is the Production of Plant Secondary Metabolites. This research aims to explore bioactive secondary metabolite compounds, enhance their production using tissue culture technology, and obtain local natural resources as raw materials for medicinal purposes.
In an effort to improve the efficiency of raw material usage supporting the provision of medicinal compounds, Dr. Yulita hopes that the results of her research will contribute significantly. The anticipated benefits include the establishment of a database of plants with medicinal properties and in vitro conservation, promoting sustainable utilization of natural resources.
As part of her research, Dr. Yulita has successfully developed in vitro callus technology with the potential to produce flavonoids, vitamin C, and carotenoids acting as antioxidants. This research milestone is crucial in understanding how variations in carbon sources, light intensity, elicitors, and explant types can influence the concentration of metabolites produced.
Furthermore, Dr. Yulita is actively exploring the potential of local weeds and sprouts from local grains as sources of medicinal compounds. This ongoing research is expected to provide new insights into the utilization of local natural resources for drug development.
Her research aligns closely with the courses she teaches, such as plant tissue culture, plant embryology, plant physiology, plant biology, and several other courses in the undergraduate Biology program.
Amidst her busy research schedule, Dr. Yulita is also actively mentoring several Biology students’ final research projects. Involving students in her research not only contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge but also shapes a skilled and competent generation in the field of biology.
With the research legacy she is building, Dr. Yulita Nurchayati stands as a pioneer driving progress in the study of plant structure and function within the Department of Biology at FSM, Diponegoro University.