Creation of essential technologies to utilize carbon dioxide as a resource through the enhancement of plant productivity and the exploitation of plant products

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Kenichiro Matsumoto (Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University)

Production of unusual biopolymers using photosynthesis system

 The aim of this project is to produce useful biopolymers directly from carbon dioxide using engineered plants. The transgenic plants would be constructed aiming for the monomers synthesis from carbon dioxide and their polymerization. To achieve this purpose, a microbial polyester synthesizing system would be engineered so that the modified pathway can be combined with carbon fixation system in plants.