Transcription factor network of triterpene biosynthesis

Alain Goossens from VIB-UGent center for plant systems biology unravels a piece of the trancription factor network of the triterpene biosynthesis. In the model plant Arabidopsis, triterpenes are predominantly expressed in the outer cell layers of plant root tips where they perform different functions in root growth, root development and in recruiting the root microbiota. "By having a complete knowledge of the pathways of triterpene biosynthesis, we could engineer plants in a very targeted way" says Alain Goossens.