Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Applying Acylated Fucose Analogues to Metabolic Glycoengineering
Previous Article in Journal / Special Issue
Converting Sugars to Biofuels: Ethanol and Beyond
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Bioengineering 2015, 2(4), 204-212; doi:10.3390/bioengineering2040204

Metabolic Engineering of the Phenylpropanoid and Its Primary, Precursor Pathway to Enhance the Flavor of Fruits and the Aroma of Flowers

1
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
2
Department of Ornamental Horticulture, Agriculture Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Beit Dagan 75359, Israel
3
The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Mark Blenner and Michael D. Lynch
Received: 8 September 2015 / Revised: 13 November 2015 / Accepted: 23 November 2015 / Published: 27 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metabolic Engineering)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1702 KB, uploaded 27 November 2015]   |  

Abstract

Plants produce a diverse repertoire of specialized metabolites that have multiple roles throughout their life cycle. Some of these metabolites are essential components of the aroma and flavor of flowers and fruits. Unfortunately, attempts to increase the yield and prolong the shelf life of crops have generally been associated with reduced levels of volatile specialized metabolites and hence with decreased aroma and flavor. Thus, there is a need for the development of new varieties that will retain their desired traits while gaining enhanced scent and flavor. Metabolic engineering holds great promise as a tool for improving the profile of emitted volatiles of domesticated crops. This mini review discusses recent attempts to utilize metabolic engineering of the phenylpropanoid and its primary precursor pathway to enhance the aroma and flavor of flowers and fruits. View Full-Text
Keywords: aroma and flavor biotechnology; metabolic engineering; aromatic amino acids; volatiles; secondary metabolism aroma and flavor biotechnology; metabolic engineering; aromatic amino acids; volatiles; secondary metabolism
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Peled-Zehavi, H.; Oliva, M.; Xie, Q.; Tzin, V.; Oren-Shamir, M.; Aharoni, A.; Galili, G. Metabolic Engineering of the Phenylpropanoid and Its Primary, Precursor Pathway to Enhance the Flavor of Fruits and the Aroma of Flowers. Bioengineering 2015, 2, 204-212.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Bioengineering EISSN 2306-5354 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top