- Oct 28, 2019
Date & Location: October 28, 2019, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building
Subject: Unlocking plant aromatic amino acid biosynthesis to boost the production of natural products
Host: Dean DellaPenna
About the Speaker
University: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Interests: Plants produce a diverse array of secondary (specialized) metabolites in order to survive in various ecological niches. In contrast to the well-documented diversification of plant secondary metabolism, primary metabolism, which provides precursors of secondary metabolites, is generally thought to be conserved across different plant species. However, it is not understood to what extent primary metabolic pathways of plants have evolved in different lineages to support the downstream synthesis of diverse secondary metabolites. Such basic knowledge of the interface between plant primary and secondary metabolism will be also crucial for future metabolic engineering and breeding to improve production of plant natural products. To address this question, we are investigating in different plant species the biosynthetic pathways of aromatic amino acids.