The present invention relates to nucleic acids sequences derived from Valeriana officinalis and/or Persicaria hydropiper and encoding drimenol synthase polypeptides. The present invention also provides the amino acid sequences of the polypeptides. The invention further provides host cells or organisms genetically modified to harbour the polynucleotides of the invention. A method to produce drimenol and/or a drimenol derivative by contacting farnesyl diphosphate with a polypeptide having a drimenol synthase activity is also part of this invention.
|Publication status||Published - 25 Apr 2013|