Project

Gene discovery in the metabolic pathways of Ecuadorian Quinoa (chenopodium quinoa)

Duration
01 January 2011 → 31 December 2014
Funding
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
Keywords
Quinoa triterpeen saponines transcriptome sequencing
 
Project description

In this project we will launch a gene discovery project based on transcription and metabolome profiling of Qionoa (chenopodium quinoa), an Ecuadorian plant species that produces different bioactive triterpene saponins. The generated gene platform will serve as a resource to ensure sustainable production of natural triterpene saponins, as well as to create novel triterpenes, with superior bioactivities, through a combinatorial biosynthesis program.