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Lignin is a major component of plant secondary cell walls. Here we describe caffeoyl shikimate esterase (CSE) as an enzyme central to the lignin biosynthetic pathway. Arabidopsis thaliana cse mutants deposit less lignin than do wild-type plants, and the remaining lignin is enriched in p-hydroxyphenyl units. Phenolic metabolite profiling identified(More)
The objectives of this project are to find novel genes that will be useful for optimising plant biomass to facilitate biofuel production. These include genes influencing saccharification (the release of sugars from biomass), genes involved in the synthesis or control of lignin, and genes that restore normal growth to lignin mutants. Several approaches are(More)
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