Henrik Vibe Scheller

Vice President for Feedstocks and Director of Cell Wall Biology and Engineering

Research Focus

The primary research goal of the JBEI Feedstocks Division is to generate the scientific understanding and research tools that will enable the development of robust and high-yielding crops for production of biofuels and bioproducts.

Goals

Feedstocks Division

  • Develop the fundamental understanding of cell wall biology
  • Develop tools to facilitate bioenergy crop improvement
  • Engineer bioenergy crops with improved biomass and sustainability traits
  • Evaluate crops with improved biomass and sustainability traits

Cell Wall Biology and Engineering Research Group

  • Structure and function of glycosyltransferases, nucleotide sugar transporters and regulatory proteins involved in biosynthesis of hemicellulose, pectin and other glycans.
  • Engineering of plants with modified cell wall composition and increased content of easily fermentable sugars.
  • Engineering of plants that accumulate bioproducts or bioproduct precursors
  • The impact of cell wall composition on interactions between plants and microbes and on plant stress tolerance.

Featured Media

How Sweet It Is: New Tool for Characterizing Plant Sugar Transporters Developed at Joint BioEnergy Institute

Berit Ebert, Carsten Rautengarten and Henrik Scheller

Swords to Plowshares:Engineering Plants for More Biofuel Sugars

On the right is an Arabidopsis plant engineered to reduce the xylan content while preserving the structural integrity of its cell walls. It compares favorably to wild type plant on the far left. In the middle is a xylan-deficient mutant.

Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy  Institute Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels

JBEI’s Henrik Scheller (left) and Dominque Loque, shown here with Arabidopsis plants, are engineering plant cell walls to make the sugars within more accessible. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab)

Boosting Galactan Sugars Could Boost Biofuel Production

JBEI researchers generated Arabidopsis plants that overexpressed a GT92 enzyme, resulting in a a 50-percent increase in the amount of in the plant cell walls.

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