In this essay we highlight recent progress in and the near term potential of four long standing grand challenges in plant metabolic engineering two deal with important applications in food and energy while the remaining two are of general utility in improving plant fitness and in principle would be useful for improving plants as a chassis . Saurabh bhatia in modern applications of plant biotechnology in pharmaceutical sciences 2015 53117 metabolic engineering metabolic engineering involves the targeted and purposeful alteration of metabolic pathways found in an organism this is done to achieve better understanding and use of cellular pathways for chemical transformation energy transduction and supramolecular assembly 111. Applications resulting from metabolic engineering are expected to play a very important role in future for plant breeding eg for improved resistance or improved traits concerning health promoting constituents and production of fine chemicals such as medicines flavors and fragrances. In addition metabolic engineering approaches for both the improvement of plant defense and pollinator attraction are discussed in light of methodological constraints and ecological complications . Applications of plant metabolic engineering edited by r verpoorte leiden university the netherlands a w alfermann heinrich heine universitat dusseldorf germany
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