Thomson Reuters news story on vanillin synthase
Producing vanillin - the major compound in vanilla flavouring - is an inefficient and mostly polluting process. But a Danish researcher wants to change that, having identified the compound's biosynthetic pathway in the vanilla orchid. She says vanillin could now be produced from pathways existing in a range of other plants. Jim Drury went to meet her.
The Danish scientist is postdoc Dr. Nethaji Gallage and the discoveries is based on the work carried out in her recent PhD project.
Watch the news piece here: http://reut.rs/1Fm85pY
The research results is available in the following publications:
- Vanillin - Bioconversion and Bioengineering of the most popular plant flavour and its de novo biosynthesis in the vanilla orchid by N. Gallage and BL Møller. Mol Plant. 2014 Sep 30
Vanillin formation from ferulic acid in Vanilla planifolia is catalysed by a single enzyme by Gallage NJ, Hansen EH, Kannangara R, Olsen CE, Motawia MS, Jørgensen K, Holme I, Hebelstrup K, Grisoni M, Møller BL. Nat Commun. 2014 Jun 19