Review: Plant synthetic biology for molecular engineering of signalling and development

nplants201610-f1Nemhauser and Torii define synthetic biology as “an engineering approach to design, build and analyize dynamic molecular devices and/or pathways from biological components to produce cells and organisms with customized functionality.” In their review, they describe several plant synthetic biology approaches and outcomes, including efforts to identify and remediate toxins, engineer receptors, modify signals and molecular motars, and reprogram epigenetic controls. Nature Plants 10.1038/nplants.2016.10 and