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|Project updates and news|
Our paper in DNA Research on the genome sequencing of four culinary herbs that revealed terpenoid genes underlying chemodiversity in the Nepetoideae is out now! - October 2020
Our paper in GigaScience on the genome assembly and annotation of of the insect-repellent terpenoid-producing Lamiaceae species, Callicarpa americana is out now!
Our paper in Science Advances on the evolution of Nepeta species and nepetalactone, the compound that makes cats go crazy is out now! - May 2020
New Museum Highlights exhibit was created in collaboration with The Florida Museum of Natural History. The new interactive exhibit was created to educate and excite visitors about mints
The paper Phylotranscriptomic Analyses Reveal Asymmetrical Gene Duplication Dynamics and Signatures of Ancient Polyploidy in Mints by Godden et al. has been published in Genome Biology and Evolution - December 2019.
Outreach activities continue to grow as Allison Bordini speaks about mints during the Florida Museum of Natural History's Sprout Summer Camp. Over 60 children attended the camp and enjoyed various activities, which are summarized in the Mint Book on our outreach page. - July 2019
Videos: Plant Evolutionary Geneticist Doug Soltis, Ph.D., from the University of Florida explains the DNA/RNA extraction process from mint plants. By analyzing that DNA/RNA data, his research team can create a more detailed mint family tree. Obtaining a better understanding of the genetic underpinning of the chemistry of mints through this research will help increase mint yield or even help create new mint compounds/flavors for the agricultural industry to use in future consumer products.
Genes responsible for the active ingredient in catnip that makes cats euphoric were cloned by John Innes Centre O’Connor’s group! "Catnip: The 'Why' Behind Cats' Favorite High" | U.S. News - December 2018
The paper "A database-driven approach identifies additional diterpene synthase activities in the mint family (Lamiaceae)." by the Mint Evolutionary Genomics Consortium has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry - November 2018
The paper "Phylogenomic Mining of the Mints Reveals Multiple Mechanisms Contributing to the Evolution of Chemical Diversity in Lamiaceae." by the Mint Evolutionary Genomics Consortium has been published in Molecular Plant - June 2018
The paper "Identification of iridoid synthases from Nepeta species: Iridoid cyclization does not determine nepetalactone stereochemistry." by Sherden et al. has been published in Phytochemistry - October 2017
Project team travels to A. M. Todd Mint Division of Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients in Kalamazoo to meet with industry leaders - October 2015
Our Phase I diversity panel is currently in progress and includes 50 species representing major groups in the mint family - August 2015