A purified S-linalool synthase polypeptide from Clarkia breweri is disclosed as is the recombinant polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences encoding the polypeptide. Also disclosed are antibodies immunoreactive with the purified peptide and with recombinant versions of the polypeptide. Methods of using the nucleic acid sequences, as well as methods of enhancing the smell and the flavor of plants expressing the nucleic acid sequences are also disclosed.
The government owns rights in the present invention pursuant to grant number MCB 9218989 and IBN 9417582 from the National Science Foundation. The government may also own rights in the present invention pursuant to grant number GM 31354 by the National Institutes of Health and grant number DE-FG06-88ER-13869 from the Department of Energy.