Technology Transfer to Crop Species

Crop speciesWe have recently been able to show that our complex purification technology performs equally well in crop species such as corn or rice.We have also started AP-MS development in wheat.

The study of molecular interactions in cell cultures happens outside the context of development. Moreover, the small size of Arabidopsis thaliana hampers the access to sufficient biomass for flexible protein complex dissection in tissues of developing organs. Crop species with their much bigger organs lend themselves much better for such an approach. Based on a quantitative approach, we were able to show the dynamics in protein complex composition of the AN3 complex in corn, an important regulator of cell proliferation in a developing leaf. Such data can deliver new approaches for the engineering of organ growth in crops.