Plants of the future

Plants are the world's best synthesis chemists. With the background of own research in the base research centre PlaCe will be given successful examples that now by targeted molecular processing it is possible to transfer the whole bio-synthesis pathways for desirable substances from one plant to another and on that it is possible specifically to prevent the formation of substances that make the plants unpalately-GE due to bad taste or toxicity. Many of the enzymes that control the formation of secondary metabolites in plants are membrane-bound and in-going in large metabolons, which as a "conveyor belt" ensures the formation of the end-product without the accumulation of undesirable intermediates. Knowledge of the mechanisms that control the formation of metabolons and assembly of all metabolons in synthetic nano discs will allow for the development of highly effective in vitro systems for the synthesis of desired substances and may in the long term also be used for the insertion of Enzyme activities in the bloodstream that deplete the toxins present. Work towards these goals will be discured.

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Plants of the future

Date: 30. Jan 2006
Time: 19:30:00

Lecturer: Birger Lindberg Moller
Institution: Plant Biochemical Laboratory, KVL

The Lecture is held: Geological Museum