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 programs for metabolism of model and medicinal plants.
Our gene platform will be primarily exploited in a synthetic biology program, in which whole pathways, leading to the production of valuable known compounds or structurally novel compounds with superior bioactivity, will be recreated in heterologous plants or microbial hosts.
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.