Moss biotechnology also has many local supporters. For example, the University of Freiburg, the Freiburg Business Promotion Department and BioRegio Freiburg/BioValley also gave considerable support to Reski and colleagues in establishing the company greenovation Biotech in 1999. greenovation Biotech focuses on the development of a moss bioreactor for the safe and cheap production of proteins for medical applications, for example antibodies for diagnosis and therapy. The optimization of the technology is also funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which supports collaborative projects between the University of Freiburg, the University of Karlsruhe and greenovation.
“Now that the moss genome is deciphered, we have a blueprint available, which will help us make plant biotechnology even safer and to use it even more efficiently for human benefit,” said Reski. Rensing adds: “The deciphered moss genome is an elementary prerequisite for the modeling of the life processes of this simple plant.” This research direction is also supported by the BMBF, within the framework of the Freiburg Initiative for Systems Biology, FRISYS.
The Physcomitrella Genome Reveals Evolutionary Insights into the Conquest of Land by Plants
Originally published in Science Express on 13 December 2007
Science 4 January 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5859, pp. 64 - 69
Source: Press Office University of Freiburg - December 2007