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Hibiscus cannabinus feruloyl-coa:monolignol transferase

United States Patent

November 15, 2016
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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 (Durham, NC), Mansfield; Shawn D. (Vancouver, CA)
Board of Trustees of Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), The University of British Columbia (CA), Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI)
14/ 349,137
October 4, 2012
This invention was made with government support under DE-FC02-07ER64494 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention. 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.