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Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

The acronym ‘CASPIC' stands for: Cellulose Architecture Systems biology for Plant Innovation Creation

Mission statement

CASPIC is an EU NEST Adventure project
Molecular cell biology is coming of age. The two reasons for it are both rooted in technology: 1) the -omics work provides a huge amount of data and 2) microscopy (and other methods) have become quantitative, making it possible to integrate experimental life sciences and mathematical modeling in a 'systems biology' approach that aims to understand how the individual components determine the property of a whole system. Image
A whole system in this sense is nowadays not a whole organism yet, or organ, tissue, or cell. However, every living system is composed of subsystems, the so-called modules, i.e. processes, pathways, that themselves serve as entities in the higher order modules. Molecular systems biology is rapidly developing for improving human health, but has as much potential for agriculture and its applications. Image
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:15
Sunday, 18 February 2007 00:00

The scientific and technological objectives of CASPIC are:

  • Use an integrated systems biology approach to understand and exploit plant cell wall texture for the future production of (ligno)cellulosic (nano)materials with unique multifunctional properties.
  • Provide a knowledge platform for future innovation in cell wall-based industrial products, a step toward a knowledge based society.
  • Contribute to a paradigm shift from a reductionist to a systems biology approach for generating innovation in fundamental and applied sciences.
  • Communicate the scientific and technological knowledge/breakthroughs generated in the project to scientific and industrial end-users and the general public.

Specific Objectives

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:14
Project summary
Sunday, 18 February 2007 00:00

Cell walls determine the industrial properties of a range of plant products including paper, timber, food, fodder and spun fibres, as well as coatings, renewable polymers and future nanocomposites. The major bottleneck in the development of novel germplasm with new cell wall properties is our lack of understanding on the impact of specific genes on cell wall texture, that is, the composite of cellulose microfibrils (CMFs) intercalated between matrix polymers, and on the impact of cell wall texture on industrial properties.

The aim of this project is to develop the tools to rationally design plant cell wall properties for industrial end-uses.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2007 14:45
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