Plants have the capacity to produce a wide array of terpene compounds - compounds that provide ecological and physiological benefit to plants. Terpenes also have important practical applications such as flavors, fragrances and medicines. Liat Sharon-Asa and colleagues have recently isolated and characterized a sesquiterpene synthase from Citrus that is providing a new window into the biochemical mechanics of these enzymatic wizards and hints for the future metabolic engineering of terpene biosynthesis.
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|Trends in Plant Science
|Published - Jun 1 2004
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Work in my laboratory is support by grants from NSF, NIH and the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Plant Science