Transgenic plants that produce high levels of polyhydroxybutyrate and methods of producing them are provided. In a preferred embodiment the transgenic plants are produced using plastid transformation technologies and utilize genes which are codon optimized. Stably transformed plants able to produce greater than 10% dwt PHS in tissues are also provided.
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This work was supported in part by a Department of Energy Industry of the Future Award (DE-FC07-011D14214) and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-68-3A75-3-142). Therefore the government has certain rights in the invention.