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Project: Gene discovery in the metabolic pathways of Ecuadorian Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)

01/01/11 – 31/12/12

In this project we will launch a gene discovery project based on transcriptome and metabolome profiling of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), an Ecuadorian plant species that produces different bioactive triterpene saponins. The generated gene platform will serve as a resource to ensure sustainable production of natural triterpene saponins, as well as to create novel triterpenes, with superior bioactivities, through a combinatorial biosynthesis program.