Research on Capitol Hill

Presenter and Co-Presenter(s)

Chad Skidmore, Utah State University

Faculty Mentor

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.

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Research On Capitol Hill 2016

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