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Plant Biotechnol J. 2013 Jan;11(1):2-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2012.00737.x. Epub 2012 Sep 15.

Terpenoid biosynthesis in trichomes--current status and future opportunities.

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Institute of Biological Chemistry, M.J. Murdock Metabolomics Laboratory, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.


Glandular trichomes are anatomical structures specialized for the synthesis of secreted natural products. In this review we focus on the description of glands that accumulate terpenoid essential oils and oleoresins. We also provide an in-depth account of the current knowledge about the biosynthesis of terpenoids and secretion mechanisms in the highly specialized secretory cells of glandular trichomes, and highlight the implications for metabolic engineering efforts.

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