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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1999 Apr;2(2):145-52.

Unexpected variation in lignin.

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Forest Biotechnology Group, Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8008, USA. volvo@unity.ncsu.edu

Abstract

Recent studies on mutant and transgenic plants indicate that lignification may be far more flexible than previously realized. Pines with a mutation affecting the biosynthesis of the major lignin precursor, coniferyl alcohol, show a high level of an unusual subunit, dihydroconiferyl alcohol. These results argue in favor of an increased potential for genetic modification of lignin and indicate that our knowledge of the biosynthesis of lignin is far from complete.

PMID:
10322194
DOI:
10.1016/S1369-5266(99)80029-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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