The tomato terpene synthase gene family.

  title={The tomato terpene synthase gene family.},
  author={Vasiliki Falara and Tariq A Akhtar and Thuong T. H. Nguyen and Eleni A. Spyropoulou and Petra M. Bleeker and Ines Schauvinhold and Yuki Matsuba and Megan E. Bonini and Anthony L Schilmiller and Robert L. Last and Robert C Schuurink and Eran Pichersky},
  journal={Plant physiology},
  volume={157 2},
Compounds of the terpenoid class play numerous roles in the interactions of plants with their environment, such as attracting pollinators and defending the plant against pests. We show here that the genome of cultivated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) contains 44 terpene synthase (TPS) genes, including 29 that are functional or potentially functional. Of these 29 TPS genes, 26 were expressed in at least some organs or tissues of the plant. The enzymatic functions of eight of the TPS proteins were… CONTINUE READING
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