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LACCASE8: An Important Component of a Gene Toolkit for Engineering C-lignin in Crops

Wang et al. uncover the role of Laccase8 from the model system Cleome hassleriana in initiating C-lignin polymerization. The Plant Cell (2020) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00598   By Xin Wanga,b,, Chunliu Zhuoa,c, and Richard A. Dixona aUniversity of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311428,…

The Lure of Lignin: Deciphering High-value Lignin Formation in Seed Coats

Lignin is a major functional component of plant secondary cell walls and the second most abundant biological polymer on Earth after cellulose. Understanding the biosynthesis of lignin has huge practical implications because lignin is a major by-product of processes that use cellulosic biomass for industrial…