The present invention is directed to a method for altering secondary metabolism in plants, specifically phenylpropanoid metabolism. The present invention is further directed to a mutant p-coumarate 3-hydroxylase gene, referred to herein as the ref8 gene, its protein product which can be used to prepare gene constructs and transgenic plants. The gene constructs and transgenic plants are further aspects of the present invention.
This invention was made with government support under United States Department of Energy grant number DEFG 0294ER20138 and National Service Foundation grant number 0095075IBN. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.