Plant and Algae Production Improvement Tools
When using photosynthesis as production system for biomass, raw materials can be obtained while simultaneously sequestering CO2. Our collection of micro-algae is used for the development of new solutions for biomass and compound production as well as CO2 capturing from flue gas. Our primary focus is on the production of storage oil and its bandwidth of fatty acids, enhancing productivity by means of molecular analysis and biotechnology.
Another group of projects focuses on the exploitation of higher plants for the production of improved raw materials, healthy food, and increased biomass. We provide support to plant breeders through the development and implementation of customized selection procedures involving molecular genetic tools. Our small but highly specific in vitro collection of potato hybrids captures powerful and novel disease resistance genes. These genetic resources are explored at the molecular level and transferred to the breeding programs of our commercial partners. Similarly, we explore the molecular genetics of other important plant traits, such as the formation of starch macromolecules (potato) and wood density (spruce) and support our costumers in the implementation of innovative plant selection techniques.
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