Project

Functional characterization of a new peptide hormone that regulates plant secondary metabolism.

Duration
01 October 2011 → 30 September 2015
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
Keywords
peptide hormones Sutherlandia Pelargonium Jasmonates plant metabolism arabidopsis
 
Project description

The TXL peptides represent potential new peptide hormones that together with the phytohormone jasmonate may regulate plant metabolism across the plant kingdom. Here, we will functionally characterise the TXL pepetides in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and also investigate their utility to stimulate the production of high-value molecules in two medicinal plants from South-Africa, Pelargonium sidoides and Sutherlandia frutescens.