By: 
Edgar Cahoon, Center for Plant Science Innovation, University of Nebraska
Host: 
Chuanxin Sun, Plant Biology
Location: 
Lecture hall A241, Uppsala BioCentre, Ultuna
Date: 
2015-02-12
Time: 
14:00 - 15:00
Basic and Applied Research for Crop Improvement: Sphingolipids and Oilseed Metabolic Engineering

My lab conducts basic and applied research on plant lipid metabolism. The goals of our research are to enhance the nutritional and industrial value of crop plants and to probe the synthesis and function of bioactive lipids for nutritional biofortification and improved agronomic performance of crops.  In this seminar, I will provide an overview of our research on understanding the regulation of plant sphingolipid synthesis that has implications for plant resistance to mycotoxins and bacterial pathogens.  I will also present a synopsis of our work aimed at producing improved vegetable oil compositions for industrial applications using a dedicated industrial oilseed platform for complex metabolic engineering.