Exploiting Natural Variation to Uncover an Alkene Biosynthetic Enzyme in Poplar[OPEN]

@article{GonzalesVigil2017ExploitingNV,
  title={Exploiting Natural Variation to Uncover an Alkene Biosynthetic Enzyme in Poplar[OPEN]},
  author={Eliana Gonzales-Vigil and Charles A. Hefer and Michelle E von Loessl and Jonathan La Mantia and Shawn D. Mansfield},
  journal={Plant Cell},
  year={2017},
  volume={29},
  pages={2000 - 2015}
}
A ketoacyl CoA synthase (PotriKCS1) is key to the biosynthesis of alkenes in the cuticular waxes of poplar leaves. Alkenes are linear hydrocarbons with one or more double bonds. Despite their potential as biofuels and precursors for specialty chemicals, the underlying biochemistry and genetics of alkene biosynthesis in plants remain elusive. Here, we report on a screen of natural accessions of poplar (Populus trichocarpa), revealing that the leaf cuticular waxes are predominantly composed of… 

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