Fructan biosynthesis in transgenic plants

Andrew J. Cairns

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Data from plants transformed to accumulate fructan are assessed in the context of natural concentrations of reserve carbohydrates and natural fluxes of carbon in primary metabolism: Transgenic fructan accumulation is universally reported as an instantaneous endpoint concentration. In exceptional cases, concentrations of 60–160 mg g–1 fresh mass were reported and compare favourably with naturally occurring maximal starch and fructan content in leaves and storage organs. Generally, values were less than 20 mg g–1 for plants transformed with bacterial genes and
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-567
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number382
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2003


  • fructan
  • fructosyltransferase
  • FFT
  • inulin
  • levan
  • levansucrase
  • oligosaccharide
  • polysaccharide
  • SST
  • vacuole


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