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NRC’s Plant Products for Health & Sustainability Program aims to increase and improve the bioactive components in plants that are relevant to human health and environmental sustainability.

The focus is on producing new high-value molecules, as well as generating the platforms that produce them, to support Canada’s industrial bioproducts, nutraceutical/functional food and biopharmaceutical industries.

NRC’s plant products for health and sustainability program works on:

  • Applying functional genomics approaches to dissect metabolic pathways
  • Enriching plants for desirable bioactives and bioproducts
  • Modifying fatty acid profiles of oilseeds to produce industrial bioproducts such as lubricants and polymers
  • Using analytical chemistry to identify the chemical composition of plants and purify components for evaluating industrial, health and environmental applications
  • Developing novel host plant systems to produce new therapeutic and bioactive molecules and develop technologies for increased expression of these novel molecules in plants

Key targets include:

  • fatty acids
  • polyketides
  • saponins
  • cyclic peptides
  • terpenoids

Read more about NRC Agriculture’s Plant Products for Health and Sustainability Program.

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