Phytowelt News » Phytowelt ranks among the finalists for the German Economy Prize for Innovation thanks to Eppendorf technology


02/20/2013, Phytowelt Nettetal / Köln

The company Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH from Nettetal, Germany, is among the finalists competing for the German Economy Prize for Innovation 2012/2013 in the category “Midsize Companies”. The platform technology “phytodiversity” enables the fusion of plant cells for the purpose of accelerating the breeding process so that selected traits which would be difficult to obtain by other breeding methods may be transferred into plants – without the need for gene technology.

This technology is implemented using the Eppendorf Multiporator® system. The fusion module of the Multiporator, in combination with a special fusion buffer, allows simple and perfect electrofusion of two plant cells of different origin for the development of novel plant cultivars. One mandatory condition for successful fusion is direct contact between the cells. The intelligent Multiporator system by Eppendorf simplifies this process, while at the same time proving flexible and useful for other applications such as transfection of cells via electroporation. Besides poplars, potatoes and mint, Phytowelt has fused and regenerated grasses, grains and legumes by client commission using its Multiporator based platform technology. Among the goals were increased yield of essential oils, resistance to disease or increased production of biomass. The “German Economy Prize for Innovation” will be awarded for the 32nd time, and it honors the most influential scientific, technological, commercial and intellectual innovations. The prize is under the patronage of the minister for economy; it will be awarded in the society house Palmengarten in Frankfurt/Main on March 9, 2013. About Eppendorf AG Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid-, sample-, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Its product range includes pipettes and automated pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges, mixers, spectrometers, and DNA amplification equipment as well as ultra-low temperature freezers, fermentors, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, and cell manipulation systems. Associated consumables like pipette tips, test tubes, microtiter plates, and disposable bioreactors complement the instruments for highest quality workflow solutions. Eppendorf products are most broadly used in academic and commercial research laboratories, e.g., in companies from the pharmaceutical and biotechnological as well as the chemical and food industries. They are also aimed at clinical and environmental analysis laboratories, forensics, and at industrial laboratories performing process analysis, production, and quality assurance. Press contact: Bettina Doerler Tel.: +49 40 538 01-640  Fax: +49 40 538 01-662 E-Mail: Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH is a company of the newly developing industry of plant biotechnology; its mission comprises the optimum utilization of plants for industrial production processes. Depending on the individual goal, plants are employed as raw material (reusable material), as a production organism or as a prototype for process innovations (bionics and synthetic biology). In particular, we have developed extensive expertise in the field of harnessing enzymes for value-adding biosynthesis and genes for microbial biosynthesis in order to enable our clients to benefit from the broad spectrum of enzymatic reactions in plants, also in the area of fermentation. Through in-house research as well as client commissions our second platform technology, protoplast fusion, has enjoyed the accumulation of a vast knowledge base on electrofusion and regeneration of plant protoplasts over the past 15 years, which is geared towards the acceleration of breeding processes. As a spin-off from the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Science (Max-Planck-Institut für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung; MPIPZ) the success of the company relies on the know-how of its staff as well as on global portfolios with clients and license holders from Japan, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Israel and Europe.

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