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Plant production systems for bioactive small molecules

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JournalCURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
DatePublished - Apr 2012
Issue number2
Volume23
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)271-277
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Bioactive small molecules are important dietary components of food, as well as being widely used in diverse industrial sectors, from flavours, fragrances and sweeteners through to natural pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Plants already manufacture many of these bioactives, but often in yields that are not commercially competitive. There are a variety of new pathway engineering, cell culture and molecular breeding strategies in use and in development to improve yield and the robust supply of bioactives in planta. In the future, biorefining applications are likely to play a significant role in providing chemical intermediates for bioactive production from biomass feedstocks.

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