The current production methods are inefficient and environmentally harmful and many beneficial compounds remain unused due to unfeasible extraction methods.

Many of nature’s most beneficial plant compounds are either being manufactured in unsustainable ways, derived from endangered plants, too hard to extract or too expensive to synthesize in order to meet the growing demand. Traditional extraction of plant metabolites involves harvesting large quantities of plant material followed by laborious mechanical and chemical treatment.

Many of nature’s most beneficial plant compounds are either being manufactured in unsustainable ways, derived from endangered plants, too hard to extract or too expensive to synthesize in order to meet the growing demand. Traditional extraction of plant metabolites involves harvesting large quantities of plant material followed by laborious mechanical and chemical treatment.

Valuable arable land is used for metabolite extraction at the expense of food crops and the minute amounts of metabolites extracted leaves the bulk of the plant material unused. This is causing deforestation and drought in some of the world’s most fragile regions. Increasing the accumulation of such biological compounds in plants is of high interest for industry and agriculture. Efforts have been put into trying to increase production of selected metabolites in higher. However, regulation within the plant is extremely complex and often unknown.

Valuable arable land is used for metabolite extraction at the expense of food crops and the minute amounts of metabolites extracted leaves the bulk of the plant material unused. This is causing deforestation and drought in some of the world’s most fragile regions. Increasing the accumulation of such biological compounds in plants is of high interest for industry and agriculture. Efforts have been put into trying to increase production of selected metabolites in higher. However, regulation within the plant is extremely complex and often unknown.

Engineering simpler organisms, like moss, to produce high-value compounds provides a solution to such production challenges.  Moss has several properties that makes it an ideal host for the production of specialized plant metabolites. Learn more about moss as production platform.

Engineering simpler organisms, like moss, to produce high-value compounds provides a solution to such production challenges.  Moss has several properties that makes it an ideal host for the production of specialized plant metabolites. Learn more about moss as production platform.