Plants for human health: Greening biotechnology and synthetic biology

Tessa Moses, Alain Goossens

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Abstract / Description of output

The concept of growing plants for human health and general well-being, rather than for consumption as food alone, is changing people’s perception of plant biotechnology and synthetic biology. Resurrecting the long-forgotten connection between plants and health has launched a new generation of botanical therapeutics, which include dietary supplements, functional foods, pharmaceuticals and multi-component drug mixtures. Technological and methodological advances have made the discovery, validation and manufacture of high-value phytochemicals a reality, and botanical therapeutics have come of age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4009-4011
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number15
Early online date4 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • functional foods
  • flavanoids
  • natural products
  • next generation sequencing
  • phytochemicals
  • synthetic biology
  • transporters
  • flavonoids
  • synthetic Biology


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