Find more information about the research group Plant Specialized Metabolism here.
As organic chemists, plants produce an amazing array of diverse metabolites and the unique natural products (also called specialized metabolites) are essential for plant fitness and survival. Our research focuses on plant specialized metabolites with the goal to gain understanding of pathway orchestration, transport processes from site of synthesis to storage and the role of specialized metabolites in the communication and interaction with other organisms in the surroundings. As model compounds we use the glucosinolates that function as defense compounds, signaling cues as well as nutritional factors. The gained knowledge is applied in pathway and transport engineering to increase plant disease resistance, remove anti-nutritional compounds in e.g. seed meal, and to promote human health.
- Engineering of glucosinolate production in microbes
- Identification of the glucosinolate transporter complement
- Defense compounds on the move
- Regulation of transporter processes
- Enzyme clustering
- Protein-protein interactomics – towards understanding the dynamics of biological processes