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“We could then identify those that generated unprecedented levels of 120 milligrams per kilogramme of artemisinic acid in their leaves, which can be readily converted into artemisinin through simple chemical reactions.”
The scientists note that, although further increases in these production levels would be needed if global demand for artemisinin is to be met, the study might lay the foundation for much cheaper production of this life-saving therapy in a high-biomass crop, in contrast to a single medicinal plant.


Publication: Paulina Fuentes, Fei Zhou, Alexander Erban, Daniel Karcher, Joachim Kopka, Ralph Bock
A new synthetic biology approach allows transfer of an entire metabolic pathway from a medicinal plant to a biomass crop
, 14.6.2016

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