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Biodiversity of plant cell culture collections offers valuable source of natural insecticidal and fungicidal products

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News


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New Rochelle, NY, November 6, 2014--Screening large cell culture collections containing plant samples obtained from diverse geographic regions, climates, and soil and growing conditions for biological activity can reveal a wealth of natural compounds with potential applications for crop improvement and protection. The capability to do reproducible screening and genomic analysis of the more than 2,000 plant cell lines maintained in culture at the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering, in Kiev, Ukraine is describe in an article in Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Industrial Biotechnology website.

In the article "Screening Plant Biodiversity In Vitro for New Natural Products," Prof. Nikolay V. Kuchuk and coauthors from the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering and Zabolotny Institute of Microbiology and Virology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev; Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA; and Hunter-Cevera & Associates, Ellicott City, MD, provide a detailed description of their methods for plant cell culture and the development of plant extracts for screening. The authors present the results of large-scale screening for insecticidal and fungicidal activity in 1,200 plant samples.

The article is part of the IB IN DEPTH special section entitled "Plants and Microorganisms: Moving Food and Agricultural Biotechnology Forward," led by Guest Editor Jennie Hunter-Cevera, PhD, Hunter-Cevera & Associates.

This issue of IB also features an Overview entitled "Exploring Plant-Microorganism Relationships for Natural Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production," the Roundtable Discussion "Opportunities and Challenges for Plant Natural Product Research and Development," the Patent Update "Intellectual Property of Plants and Plant Products: Is Fruit Juice Eligible for Patent Protection?" and two Review articles: "Potential for Industrial Application of Microbes in Symbioses that Influence Plant Productivity and Sustainability in Agricultural, Natural, or Restored Ecosystems" and "Delayed Ripening of Climacteric Fruit by Catalysts Prepared from Induced Cells of Rhodococcus rhodochrous DAP 96253--A Case for the Biological Modulation of Yang-Cycle Driven Processes by a Prokaryote."

"Leveraging the genetic diversity of the plant world is an important activity for agricultural, environmental, and industrial biotechnology sectors and is key to addressing a spectrum of global sustainability challenges," says Co-Editor-in-Chief Larry Walker, PhD, Professor, Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.


About the Journal

Industrial Biotechnology, led by Co-Editors-in-Chief Larry Walker, PhD, Biological and Environmental Engineering Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and Glenn Nedwin, PhD, MoT, CEO and President, Taxon Biosciences, Tiburon, CA, is an authoritative journal focused on biobased industrial and environmental products and processes, published 10 times per year online with Open Access options and in print. The Journal reports on the science, technology, business, and policy developments of the emerging global bioeconomy, including biobased production of energy and fuels, chemicals, materials, and consumer goods. The articles published include critically reviewed original research in all related sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemical and process engineering, agriculture), in addition to expert commentary on current policy, funding, markets, business, legal issues, and science trends. Industrial Biotechnology offers the premier forum bridging basic research and R&D with later-stage commercialization for sustainable biobased industrial and environmental applications. Complete tables of content and a sample issue can be viewed on the Industrial Biotechnology website.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Environmental Engineering Science and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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