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Special Issue "Biotechnology for the Valorization of Plant Resources Using Plant Cells, Tissues and Organs"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gea Guerriero
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Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), L-4940 Hautcharage, Luxembourg
Interests: fiber crops; plant fibers; plant and fungal cell wall; cellulose; chitin; callose; (a)biotic stress; alfalfa; barley; lignin; silicon; gene expression; transcriptomics; plant physiology
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Dr. Sylvain Legay
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Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department, 5, Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: plant metabolites, plant polymers (suberin, cutin), transcriptomics, molecular biology, genome editing, analytical chemistry, plant cell suspension culture
Dr. Kjell Sergeant
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Guest Editor
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Environmental Research and Innovation Department, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Dr. Jean-Francois Hausman
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Guest Editor
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: plant biotechnologies; integrative biology; abiotic stress; plant cell and tissue culture; plant physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a matter of fact that our dependence on petrochemicals needs to be reduced in order to promote the use and valorization of natural resources, thereby favoring the development of a sustainable economy with a low C-footprint.

Plants take a prominent position in innovation that contributes to reaching supranational developmental targets such as climate change mitigation, food security and safety, and circular economy. Plants indeed provide lignocellulosics used as feedstock, and plant cells are factories producing specialized metabolites that are interesting for nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and pharmaceuticals. Concerning this last aspect, prospecting the natural biodiversity of plants for added-value compounds is necessary to find novel bioactive ingredients. However, often, to reach industrial demands, it is necessary to produce such bioactives in high amounts.

Using approaches such as genome editing and synthetic biology, metabolic engineering of plant cells enables the optimization of the production of such added-value compounds used in different sectors. Some examples are the heterologous expression of single or multiples genes, of master regulators, or of synthetic scaffolds favoring substrate channeling, as well as the suppression of competitive metabolic pathways subtracting intermediates.

A key step related to this is the establishment of different culture systems for plant cells, tissues or organs and the propagation of established in vitro cultures with the desired characteristics. Bioprocess engineering is crucial to make the transition from proof-of-principle or pilot scales to economic reality and thus generate a societal and/or economic impact.

This Special Issue aims at attracting the interest of the scientific community engaged in plant cell and tissue culture, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering for the improvement of specific features, systems biology and bioprocess engineering. For example, contributions (in the form of original research or review papers) covering the entire value chain from the establishment of plant cell cultures, metabolic engineering, up to the optimization of bioprocesses are welcome. 

Dr. Gea Guerriero
Dr. Sylvain Legay
Dr. Kjell Sergeant
Dr. Jean-Francois Hausman
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Plant in vitro culture
  • Plant cell culture
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Synthetic biology
  • Bioprocess engineering

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