Building upon our past accomplishments in developing an unrestricted, public
resource (e.g., transcriptomics) of 14 widely used medicinal plant species, funded
by the NIH (see
http://medicinalplantgenomics.msu.edu/ for more information on the project),
we have continued our work on generating genomic resources and functional annotation of several medicinal
plants with the target of functionally characterizing genes involved in natural
product biosynthesis and facilitating the artificial synthesis of economically pivotal
specialized metabolites in heterologous organisms.