Of the major biosynthetic pathways of the plant, that associated with the synthesis of rubber has been among the last to be elucidated. All that we know today concerning isoprenoid biogenesis is information acquired since 1949, much of it since 1956. Today, however, rubber biosynthesis may be considered as a problem solved. We can plot out in intimate detail the complete pathway by which carbon atoms present in common plant metabolites such as carbohydrates are converted to the polyisoprene molecule.


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  • James Bonner
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  1. 1.PasadenaUSA

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