Special Issue "Advances in Plant Metabolic Engineering"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 4951
Interests: metabolic engineering, plant biochemistry, microbial biotechnology, antioxidants; plant natural products
Interests: metabolic engineering; plant molecular biology; microbial biotechnology; microbial genomics; plant natural products
Metabolic engineering has been used for less than three decades in relation to plants, despite its first appearance as a tool with direct applications to life sciences being much earlier. In particular, plant metabolic engineering (PME) has been more drastically connected as a scientific methodology to what is referred to as science “beyond natural evolution”. However, highlighting the progress in PME is vital, since novel editing tools at the genome scale and systems biology approaches facilitate the need for defining novel emerging phenotypes and focus on comprehending plant network functions in particular. PME advanced the development of innovative reconstructions aimed at the rational design of complex biological systems through the static or dynamic control of metabolic flow. Modern developments, research trends and ideas in PME appear to constitute a dynamic methodological tool bridging molecular breeding and synthetic biology for ready-to-eat food and green energy derived from plants. However, what else can we ask from plants? PME research invests in food security needs for an overpopulated planet, by addressing how to further enhance plant fitness, boost productivity, increase resistance to pests and herbicides, and adapt to climatic or environmental extremities. PME methodologies have been used to avoid any technical issues associated with the growth of plants themselves, or even plant cell cultures, without avoiding societal acceptance, economic considerations, environmental impact, and long-term sustainability, which are also of critical importance for their successful implementation.
The aim of this Special Issue is to attract review papers and original research-oriented publications on all aspects of plant metabolic engineering. Contributions focused on advances in the optimization of cellular processes, concerning a specific plant species, by the redirection of one or more enzymatic reactions to produce new compounds, preferably by cheaper and simpler processes, or producing valuable metabolites in plants on industrial scales are invited for this Special Issue. Original research data or coherent and updated reviews are both welcome, including advances in plant metabolic engineering involving different databases, libraries of components, and conditions to generate the maximum production rate of a desired chemical compound, avoiding inhibitors and conditions that affect the growth rate and other vital functions in the specific plant, thus achieving these goals through the successful manipulation of metabolic flux. Alternative suggestions by potential authors are welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Filippos Ververidis
Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Trantas
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- plant metabolic engineering
- primary and secondary metabolism
- plant synthetic biology
- natural products
- molecular farming
- molecular breeding