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Clean Combustion Winter School
23 February- 12 March, 2020
Salim Al Babili
Associate Professor, Plant Science
Habilitation, University of Freiburg, Germany, 2007
Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany, 1996
Diploma, Major Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Freiburg, Germany, 1992
The aim of Dr. Al-Babili's research is to generate crops with improved agricultural performance and enhanced nutritional value. Professor Al-Babili has long-standing experience in engineering crops with enhanced provitamin A content and in elucidating carotenoid-related metabolic pathways. Using combined enzymology-based and genetic approaches, he aims at elucidating metabolic networks and identifying new signaling molecules related to abiotic stress and plant development. Recently he has been focusing on the metabolism of the stress hormone abscisic acid and on strigolactones, a novel class of plant hormones regulating plant architecture and mediating the interaction with symbiotic fungi and root parasitic plants.
Alder, A., Jamil, M., Marzorati, M., Bruno, M., Vermathen, M., Bigler, P., Ghisla, S., Bouwmeester, H., Beyer, P. and Al-Babili, S. (2012) The path from -carotene to carlactone, a strigolactone-like plant hormone. Science 335, 1348-1351.
Ruch, S., Beyer, P., Ernst, HG. and Al-Babili, S. (2005) Retinal biosynthesis in eubacteria: In vitro characterization of a novel carotenoid oxygenase from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Mol. Microbiol. 55, 1015-1024.
Kloer, D.P., Ruch, S., Al-Babili, S., Beyer, P. and Schulz, G.E. (2005) The structure of a retinal forming oxygenase. Science 308, 267-269.
Al-Babili, S. and Beyer, P. (2005) Golden Rice--five years on the road--five years to go? Trends Plant Sci. 10, 565-573.
Ye*, X., Al-Babili*, S., Klöti, A., Zhang, J., Lucca, P., Beyer, P. and Potrykus, I. (2000) Engineering the complete provitamin A (-carotene) biosynthetic pathway into (carotenoid-free) rice endosperm. Science 287, 303-305.
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