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Eran Pichersky, Professor

Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048


Tel: 734-936-3522

Fax: 734-647-0884

Email: lelx@umich.edu


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Solanum Trichome Project



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Model Plants

 NSF 2010



                                 Research Overview

           Flowers of many plants attract pollinators by producing volatile compounds.  The scent emitted by such flowers is often a complex mixture of organic compounds. Insects are able to distinguish between complex floral scent mixtures. Discriminatory visitation based on floral scent has important implications for population structure and reproductive success of plant species, and in agriculturally important species, to seed and fruit set. Plants also produce volatile compounds to protect themselves against animal herbivores. Many of the chemicals produced in floral and vegetative tissues are utilized by humans as food flavorants and in the production of perfumes and medicinals. My lab investigates the biochemical pathways involved in the production of plant volatiles, the enzymes that catalyze them, and the genes that encode these enzymes. Genetic engineering of plants with such genes could result in the introduction of new scents and flavors into various plant species.

Last updated: Oct. 2012