Stacking transgenes in forest trees

Claire Halpin (Lead / Corresponding author), Wout Boerjan

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    Huge potential exists for improving plant raw materials and foodstuffs via metabolic engineering. To date, progress has mostly been limited to modulating the expression of single genes of well-studied pathways, such as the lignin biosynthetic pathway, in model species. However, a recent report illustrates a new level of sophistication in metabolic engineering by overexpressing one lignin enzyme while simultaneously suppressing the expression of another lignin gene in a tree, aspen. This novel approach to multi-gene manipulation has succeeded in concurrently improving several wood-quality traits.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)363-365
    Number of pages3
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Plant Science


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