To address the current shortcomings for designing effective plant metabolic engineering strategies, a functional genomics based technology platform has been created that enables comprehensive investigations and large-scale gene discovery programmes for metabolism of model and medicinal plants.
Tomato roots are continuously challenged by organisms living in their rhizosphere, such as nematodes, fungi and bacteria. Protein-protein interactions are essential in the establishment of these relations. Therefore, we are currently developing a platform to visualise and map the protein interaction networks that determine the responses of tomato roots to these biotic cues and identify key elements therein.
Food has a great impact on our health and the prevention of disease. In a society where food is abundant, health depends on a balanced diet. The latter depends amongst others on grains, vegetables and fruits that are produced safely, but also on sufficient intake of vitamins and minerals, and access to health-promoting molecules.