Biosynthesis of saponins in hybrid cel- and tissue cultures

01 January 2008 → 30 December 2013
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
secondary metabolites saponins plant cell cultures
Project description

Natural hybridisation of plant species is a driving force in the evolution and diversification of plant species. The formation of new hybrid species may lead to the production of altered compositions or new types of secondary metabolites that do not occur in the parental plants. By means of protoplast fusion, Maesa species and Nicotiana tabacum > Bright Yellow-2 (BY-2) hybrid cell cultures will be generated. The composition and types of saponin produced by these cultures will be analysed. Finally, interesting cell lines that produce new types of saponin will be stored using cryoperservation.