Faculty Advisor

Weathers, Pamela J.

Abstract

Compared to constant light or darkness, transformed roots of Artemisia annua produce more biomass and more of the anti-cancer and anti-malarial terpenoid, artemisinin, when grown with a 12/12 photoperiod. This project sought to determine if this was a circadian response or a light stress response. Experiments were performed which suggest that the response is due to light stress, increasing artemisinin yield with a dark to low light intensity shift, and some agent is affecting the physical structure of the roots.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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