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United States Patent Application

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The invention relates to isolated nucleic acids encoding a feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase and feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes. The isolated nucleic acids and/or the enzymes enable incorporation of monolignol ferulates into the lignin of plants, where such monolignol ferulates include, for example, p-coumaryl ferulate, coniferyl ferulate, and/or sinapyl ferulate. The invention also includes methods and plants that include nucleic acids encoding a feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzyme and/or feruloyl-CoA:monolignol transferase enzymes.
Wilkerson, Curtis (Swartz Creek, MI), Ralph, John (Madison, WI), Withers, Saunia (Lansing, MI)
14/ 349,137
October 4, 2012
[0003] This invention was made with government support from Grant No. DE-FC02-07ER64494 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Biological and the Environmental Research (BER) Office of Science. The government has certain rights in the invention. [0004] This invention was made as a result of activities undertaken within the scope of a Joint Research Agreement between Michigan State University and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.