New technology eliminates plant toxins

Plants produce toxins to defend themselves against potential enemies, from herbivorous pests to diseases. Oilseed rape plants produce glucosinolates to serve this purpose. However, due to the content of glucosinolates, farmers can only use limited quantities of the protein-rich rapeseed for pig and chicken feed. Now, a team of researchers from DynaMo headed by Professor Barbara Ann Halkier has developed a method to hinder unwanted toxins from entering the edible parts of the plant. The results are an excellent example of how basic science can result in new discoveries of direct use for society. The breakthrough is published in Nature.

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