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Plant and microbial cells resemble factories, synthesising a wealth of diverse molecules.

Plants and microbes synthesise proteins, fats and carbohydrates that make up their cellular structures and food stores, and a wealth of scent, colour, protectant, toxin and signalling molecules that promote their survival.

These molecules are also essential to humankind. They constitute our food, and have a multitude of other uses including biofuels, medicines, flavours, fragrances, pesticides and herbicides.

In the MET Institute Strategic Programme, we study how plants and microbes generate this diversity of molecules. Our results will contribute to increased, sustainable crop productivity, health-promoting diets, preventative medicines, ‘green’ industrial processes and new antibiotics. 

 

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The Institute Strategic Programme on Understanding Plant and Microbial Metabolism (MET)

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