TechConnect Innovation Program

Plant Biofactories: Waste Crops & Compounds of Interest

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Post-harvest abiotic stress can be used to induce the overproduction of compounds of interest in horticultural crops that have not passed the quality assurance process at the commercial level. Our researchers can induce the overproduction of shikimic acid, chlorogenic acid glucosinolates and phenolic compounds with selectivity at the isomer level.

Primary Application Area: Foods & Agriculture

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This technology enables the low-cost exploitation of new sources of compounds of interest to overcome existing sourcing issues. For example, we can now produce shikimic acid from waste carrots (34,000 annual tons in Mexico alone) with yields similar to those of the star anise and without sourcing and volume limitations.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Global Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 640

Website: www.itesm.mx

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: This research was funded through federal CONACYT grants in Mexico.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners