Plant Biofactories: Waste Crops & Compounds of Interest
TecnolÃ³gico de Monterrey, Nuevo LeÃ³n, Mexico
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.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 640
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