Novel transporters and synthetic peptides as tools for production of bioactive plant terpenoids

01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant biology
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
    • Environmental engineering and biotechnology
    • Industrial biotechnology
    • Other biotechnology, bio-engineering and biosystem engineering
triterpenes peptides transporters saponins synthetic biology
Project description

Novel terpenoid transporters from the medicinal plants Medicago truncatula and Catharanthus roseus will be identified and characterised. The aim is to exploit these to sequester and export terpenoids and other high-value small molecules in plant and microbial in vivo systems to enhance production yields. As an alternative we will develop and test ‘coiled coil peptides’.