Dr. Jixun Zhan
Resveratrol is a promising antioxidant natural product. Studies have shown that it is effective against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and harmful UV rays. This health-benefiting molecule is present in plants such as peanuts, berries, and the skin of red grapes.
A growth time of 10 months makes Japanese knotweed an impractical source of resveratrol. A more efficient way to produce resveratrol has been found by using E. coli as tiny biological factories.
Research On Capitol Hill 2016
Skidmore, Chad, "Improved production of promising antioxidant, resveratrol, in Escherichia Coli" (2016). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 32.