Plants are the world’s greenest chemists. Powered by solar energy, they produce a variety of structurally complex natural products with a range of medical and industrial applications. Despite decades of research in plant biochemistry, the precise manner in which plants produce and mobilize many of these compounds is not known. Our group combines a solid background in chemistry with state-of-the-art technologies in a quest to uncover the chemical secrets of plants, with special focus on alkaloids and glucosinolates. Biotechnological applications include the production of medicinal compounds in cost-effective systems and the removal of anti-nutritional compounds from promising crops.

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