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Plant Biotechnology


VTT strives to utilise the enormous biosynthetic capacity of plants for the sustainable production of complex compounds and raw materials. Our research focus spans from bioactive secondary metabolites and recombinant proteins produced in medicinal plants, berries and cereals to the investigation of microalgae for biofuel production. Comprehensive expertise of our experienced staff in the domains of plant biology, chemistry, pharmacy and engineering enables the smooth execution of interdisciplinary projects. Modern tools such as functional genomics, metabolic profiling and their combination supplement our conventional method array. VTT’s state-of-the art technology platforms facilitate plant systems biology and plant biotechnology to the needs of our customers.




Predictive and rational metabolic engineering of plants and plant cells remains a challenge which affects the wide economical exploitation. However, modern methods allow the industrial application of engineered or native plant cell systems for the contained and sustainable production of diverse high-value compounds used e.g. as pharmaceuticals or novel compounds for drug discovery.


VTT provides integrated solutions for plant-based processes from basic research to industrial applications:

  • Plant cell, tissue and organ culture
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Contained recombinant protein production consisting of stable and transient expression systems
  • Cryopreservation of native plant cell cultures and engineered production strains
  • Physiology and systems biology
  • Targeted chemical analysis and metabolic profiling
  • Bioactivity assays


  • Complete chain of expertise from basic research to application
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Comprehensive understanding of plant molecular biology and physiology
  • Sustainable production of active ingredients (secondary metabolites and proteins)
  • Efficient contained production systems at different scale

Additional information

Heiko Rischer
Principal Scientist, Team Leader
+358 20 722 4461

Riitta Puupponen-Pimiä
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 4457

Anneli Ritali-Nurmi
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 4463

Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey
Technology Manager
+358 20 722 4459