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p-Coumaroyl-CoA:Monolignol Transferase

United States Patent Application

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The invention relates to nucleic acids encoding a p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase and to inhibitory nucleic acids adapted to inhibit the expression and/or translation of a p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase RNA. Inhibition of p-coumaroyl-CoA:monolignol transferase in plants improves the incorporation of monolignol ferulates into the lignin of plants, giving rise to plant biomass that is more easily processed into useful products such as paper and biofuels.
Wilkerson, Curtis (Swartz Creek, MI), Ralph, John (Madison, WI), Withers, Saunia (Durham, NC), Sedbrook, John (Bloomington, IL)
Board of Trustees of Michigan State University (East Lansing MI), Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison WI), The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University (Normal IL)
14/ 365,744
December 14, 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.