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BESC - A key gene M regulating plant cell-wall recalcitrance and sugar release

The invention relates to the discovery of a gene, gene M. Gene M regulates plant cell-wall recalcitrance and sugar release. The gene can be used to (i) alter glucose and xylose release, (ii) alter syringyl to guaiacyl ratio in cell walls (iii) manipulate cellulose fiber extension, cell death, lignification, and secondary cell wall formation, (iv) alter hexose and pentose sugar composition in the cell wall for biofuel production, (v) enhance resistance to pests and pathogens (vi) enhance plant growth, and the promoter associated with this gene can used for tissue specific gene expression.

Biosciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Phone: (865) 576-4680
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