The present invention relates to a novel DNA sequence, which encodes a previously unidentified lignin biosynthetic pathway enzyme, sinapyl alcohol dehydrogenase (SAD) that regulates the biosynthesis of syringyl lignin in plants. Also provided are methods for incorporating this novel SAD gene sequence or substantially similar sequences into a plant genome for genetic engineering of syringyl-enriched lignin in plants.
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This invention was made with United States Government support awarded by the Energy Biosciences Program, and the United States Department of Agriculture, research grant numbers USDA 99-35103-7986, USDA 01-03749, and DOE DE-FG02-01ER15179. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.