Reinard Group

The plants we are using reveal extremely high growth rates and can easily be kept in sterile culture. In particular we focus on the duckweed Wolffia australiana because of its enormous potential as a bioreactor. A second research topic deals with the microalgae Chlamydomonas and the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum.

We produce various proteins in these plants, which all proteins of pharmaceutical interest: Antibodies of different formats, allergens or antifreeze proteins are just a few examples.

In our group, we use state-of-the-art molecular biological methods, e.g. Golden Gate cloning, but also Gibson Assemby or PCR-based methods. Depending on the species, the plants are transformed by agrobacteria, gene gun or protoplasts.

We are in charge in various research collaborations. You can find out more about the most important on the following pages:

  • LACoP: Production of low allergy food plants such as peanuts or mustard.
  • Sweet itch: production of therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of sweet itch in horses.

We run many projects in close cooperation with the Institute of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics of the TU Braunschweig. Prof. Hust's research group produces recombinant antibodies in various formats.

Furthermore - also due to an exchange programme with the Northeastern University Boston, which has been supported by the DAAD since the 70s - we maintain close cooperations with working groups at the university there, e.g. with the group of Carolyn Lee-Parson.

Since our field of activity is very application-oriented, we also have many contacts to industrial companies of different sizes.