Ghent BioEconomy

Ghent bio economyThe Oxidative Stress and Signaling group participates in the UGent Multidisciplinary Research Project “Biotechnology for a Sustainable Economy”. One of the cornerstones of this project is the metabolic engineering of plants to improve their properties for the biobased economy.

The primary and specific objective of this research proposal is to improve the quality and quantity of biomass feedstock through the establishment of a translational research pipeline in bio-energy crops that integrates at least three systems biology driven gene discovery programs (targeting cell wall recalcitrance, yield enhancement and abiotic stress resistance, respectively) with crop transformation platforms, greenhouse evaluation and multi-level phenotyping and experimental field trials. Within this program, energy maize and poplar are the primary target crops.

Further reading

Voorend W., Nelissen H., Vanholme R., De Vliegher A., Van Breusegem F., Boerjan W., Roldán-Ruiz I., Muylle H. and Inzé D. (2015). Overexpression of GA20-OXIDASE1 impacts plant height, biomass allocation and saccharification efficiency in maize. Plant Biotechnol. J., in press.

Vanholme B., Desmet T., Ronsse F., Rabaey K., Van Breusegem F., De Mey M., Soetaert W. and Boerjan W. (2013). Towards a carbon-negative sustainable bio-based economy. Front Plant Sci. 4, 174.