Valencene synthase - A biochemical magician and harbinger of transgenic aromas

Joe Chappell

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-269
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Work in my laboratory is support by grants from NSF, NIH and the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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