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The Mint Genome Project is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award 1444499: "Evolution of Specialized Metabolite Biosynthetic Pathways in the Lamiaceae: Sources of Chemical Diversity for Molecules Essential for Human Use and Plant Defense"). The five-year project (June 2015 - May 2020) is led by C. Robin Buell at Michigan State University, with collaborators at the John Innes Centre (O'Connor), Purdue University (Dudareva), and University of Florida (Soltis).

This website provides project information and updates. Links to additional project resources (e.g. publications, sequences, and other data) will be shared on the site throughout the project term.

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this site are those of the participants, and do not necessarily represent the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation.

Project updates and news

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

Unlocking Mint's Secrets Could Advance Medicine, Spices, More | MSU Today - July 2015

MSU gets $5.1 million federal grant for mint genome mapping | The Washington Times - July 2015



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