Transgene Encoded Biopolymers

Envisioning both the drawbacks and the huge potential of plants as producers of cheap biomass, new production technologies are required to improve the competitiveness of plant-made biopolymers. Gene technology provides us with the tools to add new facilities to plant metabolic pathways, which should lead to the production of either high-quality or even new polymers in plants, possibly as a byproduct to traditional materials, such as starch, oil or sucrose. The following section discusses the production of four groups of polymers in plants in more detail: namely starch and cellulose, PHAs, protein-based biomaterial and at least glucosyl glycerol used for cosmetics.

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