Diverse Plant Research Collection for Academic/Industry Biological Innovation
The Plant Cell Culture Library (PCCL) at UMass Amherst preserves and makes available to the research community an unprecedented more than 2,200 diverse plant species for research and by both academia and industry. The PCCL enables R&D exploitation of monocot, dicot and gymnosperm cultures.
The PCCL is a component of UMass Amherst's plant science program. UMass researchers collaborate toward the goal of discovering valuable molecules from unique plant species and developing processes by which they can be produced in quantities sufficient for medical or industrial applications.
Plants produce over 200,000 different kinds of small organic chemicals called "secondary" or "specialized" metabolites that serve many important roles in plant biology. Plant metabolites have also been exploited for millennia by humans as nutrients, commodities and therapeutics. Despite being a rich source of novel molecules of interest to both basic and applied sciences, only a fraction of the pathways and compounds in plants have been explored. The PCCL is a unique living resource that is now available to the research community to define new pathways and chemistries for progress in synthetic biology, a powerful approach to understanding biological processes and producing new materials.