Project description:The Lamiaceae family contains numerous diterpenoids, offering a valuable model system for the study of diterpenoid chemical diversity. In this study we report that the ent-kaurene diterpenoids in I. rubescens have the largest diTPS gene family identified in Lamiaceae. Three genes are predicted to be involved in ent-kaurene diterpenoid synthesis while another two KSL genes are functional enzymes utilizing ent-CPP as a substrate. We also showed the presence of a normal-CPP mediated biosynthesis pathway in I. rubescens and that three KSL genes possessing different domain architectures are involved in this pathway. This study provides new information regarding the understanding of diterpenoid chemical diversity and this compounds’ evolution in the Lamiaceae family. Overall design: RNA-seq of Isodon rubescens leaf tissue in Spring
Project description:The goal of this experiment is to assess tissue preferential transcript accumulation and fold difference between two tissues that support secondary vascular growth in three spruces: Picea glauca, Picea sitchensis and Picea mariana. Tissues compared are secondary xylem (wood forming tissue located on the internal side of the cambial meristem) and phelloderm (composite sample of the phloem and phelloderm tissues located on the outer side of the cambial meristem). One-color comparison of 3 spruce species in 2 tissue types: xylem and phelloderm. 20 biological repetitions per tissue for Picea glauca and 15 for Picea sitchensis and Picea mariana, for a total of 100 slides.