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Title: Transcription factors for modification of lignin content in plants

The invention provides methods for modifying lignin, cellulose, xylan, and hemicellulose content in plants, and for achieving ectopic lignification and, for instance, secondary cell wall synthesis in pith cells, by altered regulation of a WRKY transcription factor. Nucleic acid constructs for altered WRKY-TF expression are described. Transgenic plants are provided that comprise modified pith cell walls, and lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose content. Plants described herein may be used, for example, as improved biofuel feedstock and as highly digestible forage crops.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1183456
Report Number(s):
9,045,549
13/288,677
DOE Contract Number:
PS02-06ER64304
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., Ardmore, OK (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 09 BIOMASS FUELS