Special Issue "Biotechnology for the Valorization of Plant Resources Using Plant Cells, Tissues and Organs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2023) | Viewed by 6837
Interests: plant bioprocesses; plant cell wall; transcriptomics; plant secondary metabolites; plant tissue culture; plant molecular biology
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Interests: botany; biochemistry
Interests: plant biotechnologies; integrative biology; abiotic stress; plant cell and tissue culture; plant physiology
It is a matter of fact that our dependence on petrochemicals needs to be reduced in order to promote the use and valorization of natural resources, thereby favoring the development of a sustainable economy with a low C-footprint.
Plants take a prominent position in innovation that contributes to reaching supranational developmental targets such as climate change mitigation, food security and safety, and circular economy. Plants indeed provide lignocellulosics used as feedstock, and plant cells are factories producing specialized metabolites that are interesting for nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and pharmaceuticals. Concerning this last aspect, prospecting the natural biodiversity of plants for added-value compounds is necessary to find novel bioactive ingredients. However, often, to reach industrial demands, it is necessary to produce such bioactives in high amounts.
Using approaches such as genome editing and synthetic biology, metabolic engineering of plant cells enables the optimization of the production of such added-value compounds used in different sectors. Some examples are the heterologous expression of single or multiples genes, of master regulators, or of synthetic scaffolds favoring substrate channeling, as well as the suppression of competitive metabolic pathways subtracting intermediates.
A key step related to this is the establishment of different culture systems for plant cells, tissues or organs and the propagation of established in vitro cultures with the desired characteristics. Bioprocess engineering is crucial to make the transition from proof-of-principle or pilot scales to economic reality and thus generate a societal and/or economic impact.
This Special Issue is linked to the International conference on Plant Molecular Farming “Phytofactories 2023” which will take place from June 7th to 9th in Luxembourg City (https://www.phytofactories2023.lu/) and aims at attracting the interest of the scientific community engaged in plant cell and tissue culture, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering for the improvement of specific features, systems biology and bioprocess engineering. For example, contributions (in the form of original research or review papers) covering the entire value chain from the establishment of plant cell cultures, metabolic engineering, up to the optimization of bioprocesses are welcome.
Dr. Gea Guerriero
Dr. Sylvain Legay
Dr. Kjell Sergeant
Dr. Jean-Francois Hausman
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- Plant in vitro culture
- Plant cell culture
- Metabolic engineering
- Synthetic biology
- Bioprocess engineering