Production of new polymeric compounds in plants

Curr Opin Biotechnol. 1999 Apr;10(2):181-5. doi: 10.1016/s0958-1669(99)80032-9.


Plant metabolic engineering has recently enabled the synthesis of a range of polyhydroxyalkanoates as well as a protein-based polymer. These novel compounds can be harvested from plants as a renewable source of environmentally friendly polymers or can be used to change the physical properties of plant products, such as fibres.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Polyesters*


  • Plant Proteins
  • Polyesters