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Project: Genetic modification of the amount and or composition of lignin in poplar to obtain higher yield and more environmental friendly paper production process.

01-JAN-00 – 31-DEC-99

This project aims at the modification/reduction of the lignin content in plants. Transcription factors involved in the transcription of two key genes in the lignin biosynthesis, cinnamyl alcoholdehydrogenase (CAD) and cinnamoyl coenzyme A reductase (CCR), will be identified and isolated from poplar, the modelsystem for molecular studies in trees. In a next fase, the expression of the genes will be modulated.