Unraveling the Wall – Unlocking the Potential of Plant-Based Bioproducts for a Greener Future
Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design)
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Plant cell walls are a major component of wood, grain and forage, and thus have far‐reaching impacts on human life. However, the molecular components required to synthesise plant carbohydrates still await discovery. The study of plant cell walls is becoming a major frontier in plant research due to increased energy awareness and the need for sustainable resources to build a green economy for a growing global population. Xylan is the third most abundant biopolymer on earth after cellulose and chitin, is a vital component of the plant cell wall, and is important for both human and animal nutrition.
Dr Breeanna Urbanowicz's recent research has shed light on the integral steps in the molecular pathways used by plants to synthesize xylan. She will discuss how her group has developed new methods to study proteins involved in the generation of plant complex carbohydrates, and the application of these techniques to investigate structure-function relationships of enzymes involved in xylan biosynthesis.