Immobilized plant cell reactor systems

H. Pedersen, C. K. Chin, K. Venkatasubramanian

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Plant cell cultures provide an alternate means of producing valuable plant-derived biochemical compounds compared to conventional field cultivation. Commercially important products which can be generated in this manner include drugs, flavors, fragrances and pigments. However, productivity of these systems is often low and thus a major impediment to the commercialization of such processes. Use of bioreactors containing plant cells immobilized on or inside membranes and beads is one approach to improve productivity. In this paper, several examples of immobilized plant cell cultures are presented. Data on growth characteristics and kinetics of product formation for suspended (free) and immobilized cells are shown. Different biological and process engineering approaches to enhance product synthesis have been demonstrated. Problems of scaling up these cultures are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
JournalACS Symposium Series
Issue number389
StatePublished - 1989
EventThird Chemical Congress of North America (195th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society) - Biocatalysis in Agricultural Biotechnology - Toronto, Ont, Can
Duration: Jun 5 1988Jun 11 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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