Section for Plant Biochemistry

We carry out basic research across the spectrum of plant biochemistry – from the single molecule level to the field – and translate the findings into biotechnology-based solutions.

Our focus is on bioactive phytochemicals such as terpenoids, cyanogenic glucosides, and alkaloids; key players in plant biotic and abiotic interactions. The biosynthesis, turnover, and regulation of phytochemicals are elucidated in the context of enzymology, molecular genetics, ecology, and evolution. We work with crop plants, trees, and model organisms, employing key technologies such as metabolite profiling, chemical structure elucidation and synthesis, bio-imaging, mass spectrometry imaging, transcriptomics and genome-wide analyses. We also strive to understand the biological mechanisms that underpin organ formation and developmental transitions. Through metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, we apply the knowledge gained to the biotechnological production of high value compounds. Our cross-disciplinary and innovative approaches deliver knowledge and sustainable solutions for ecological, agricultural and biotechnological systems for the future.

Our vision is to be a world-leading and highly attractive research environment for scientists, students and industrial partners. Our mission is to produce cutting-edge scientific knowledge; to deliver excellent research-based education and training; and to encourage entrepreneurship and industrial collaboration.






Head of Section
Stephan Wenkel
+45 35337567

Section Secretary
Jette Højgaard
+45 35333353

University of Copenhagen
Thorvaldsensvej 40
DK-1871 Frederiksberg C

Phone: +45 35 33 33 53

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