biosynthetic pathways

Discovery of genes involved in the biosynthesis of antidepressant

The herb St John's Wort Hypericum perforatum has a long history as a medicinal plant. Greek physicians of the first century, such as Hippocrates and Pliny,…

Chemists create new route to PHAs: naturally degradable bioplastics

A tide of public momentum is swelling against the crisis of petroleum-based plastics, which are sitting in our landfills, floating in our oceans, and showing…

Biology and chemistry combine to generate new antibiotics

With resistance growing to existing antibiotics, there is a vital and urgent need for the discovery and development of new antibiotics that are cost effective.

Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced

The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal…

Fungi – a promising source of chemical diversity

A large number of drugs used today originate from nature. Most of these molecules, which can be found with or without synthetic modifications and exert their…

Many ways to grow

For the better part of a century, scientists have recognized indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), one of several hormones known as auxins, as one of the most important…

Rise of Oxygen Caused Earth's Earliest Ice Age

Scientists from the University of Maryland, including post-doctoral fellows Boswell Wing and Sang-Tae Kim, graduate student Margaret Baker, and professors Alan…