Kazuki Saito is one of the pioneers in the field of plant metabolomics and uses an integrated approach that includes functional genomics and transcriptomics. For his distinguished research, he was awarded The Prize for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, in 2010, and The Award for Distinguished Research from the Japanese Society for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology in 2011. He was also selected as one of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) TOP AUTHORS in 2010.
Metabolomics revolutionizes phytochemical genomics and crop improvement
(Marica Hall, Jun 23rd, 17:40)
Plants as sessile organisms produce a huge array of metabolites (metabolome), which play multiple roles in the life of plants for interaction and adaptation to the environment. Mankind owes immense benefits to these plant metabolites for food, feed, fuel, medicines, flavors and cosmetics. The size of metabolome in plant kingdom is estimated to be 200,000-1,000,000, which far exceeds those estimated in animals and microorganisms. An important issue to be addressed is how this metabolomic diversity is originated at the levels of genome (phytochemical genomics) and how we could apply this knowledge to crop improvement. In this presentation, I would like to discuss how plant metabolomics revolutionizes functional genomics and crop improvement with the following points:
- Metabolomic analysis for understanding chemical diversity of plants
- From metabolomics-based functional genomics to systems biology in a model plant Arabidopsis thaliana
- Application to functional genomics and biotechnology of crops and medicinal plants