Seminar by Danièle Werck – University of Copenhagen

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18 February 2014

Seminar by Danièle Werck

Title: Discovery of the metabolism of monoterpenols: from plant chemical ecology to the biosynthesis of anticancer compounds
Seminar by Professor Dr. Danièle Werck. Research Director at Universite de Strasbourg. Partner in the ITN P4FIFTY (http://www.p4fifty.eu/index.html )
Thursday Feb 20th at 9:00 in room M117-1

Plants emit volatile compounds to exchange information with other organisms and attract insects for pollination. Some of these volatile compounds are further metabolized in the plant to synthesize defense molecules preventing insect damage. Our work shows how parallel pathways emerged from monoterpenols in different plant species, gaining complexity in a stepwise manner to sometimes lead to very complex molecules used as drugs to treat human diseases.