Centre for Organelle Biogenesis and Function

Funding approved: HK$47.25M

The project team discovered a novel organelle termed EXPO (Exocyst-positive Organelle), introducing a new concept into the study of protein secretion in plants. EXPO mediates an unconventional protein secretion. One of its potential functions is to release antibiotics to the surface of the plant to resist bacteria, viruses and contagion. This hitherto unknown unconventional protein secretion exists in all plants. An understanding of its functions and channels of communication will benefit the study of biofuel and biotechnology. The project will have potential applications for the biotechnology industry in Hong Kong and China.